5 Phillies bullpen trade candidates from clubs already falling out of contention

Here are some top options that could be available if the Phillies decide to bolster the bullpen at the trade deadline.
St. Louis Cardinals closer Ryan Helsley is a potential Phillies' trade target
St. Louis Cardinals closer Ryan Helsley is a potential Phillies' trade target / Dilip Vishwanat/GettyImages
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Ryan Pressly, HOU

Ryan Pressly, a good closer for the Houston Astros the last few seasons, entered the year in a new role after the Astros agreed to a huge contract with Josh Hader in the offseason.

Pressly finished with 90 saves in 102 opportunities from 2021 to 2023. The veteran reliever was particularly dominant for the team during the postseason, going 14-for-14 in saves from 2020 through 2023. The right-hander features a variety of pitch types in his arsenal, usually throwing a slider, a curveball, and a four-seam fastball. The experienced reliever also throws a changeup and a sinker.

Pressly hasn't adjusted to the setup role seamlessly thus far. The right-hander has a 5.01 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings over 25 appearances. He has also blown four of his five save opportunities.

Could Pressly be showing signs of decline? He has lost velocity on his four-seamer since last year. So far this season, his maximum exit velocity of 115.7 mph is in the bottom four percent of MLB. His 47.5 hard-hit rate is in the bottom eight percent.

At 28-35, the Astros may look to move on from the veteran if he continues to struggle. After a slow start, they're 7.5 games back in the AL West and 6.5 games out of a Wild Card. They may be in the unfamiliar position of being sellers at the July 30 trade deadline.