5 Angels players the Phillies should target at the trade deadline

Jul 9, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval (43) looks into towards home plate before throwing a third inning pitch against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 9, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval (43) looks into towards home plate before throwing a third inning pitch against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Patrick Sandoval
Jul 9, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval (43) looks into towards home plate before throwing a third inning pitch against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

Patrick Sandoval

Patrick Sandoval won’t hit free agency until 2027, so the Angels would want a hefty return in exchange for so much club control.

He’s also putting up the best numbers of his four-year career, with a 2.95 ERA over 14 starts and 84 strikeouts in 76 1/3 innings.

Starting pitching is an immediate and long-term need for the Phillies, as Zach Eflin and Ranger Suárez are injured, and Eflin, Aaron Nola, and Kyle Gibson become free agents after this year. The Phillies could very well pick up Nola’s 2023 option, but they’ll still need some new blood.