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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Tanner Scott, MIA

Tanner Scott has had a solid year for a struggling Miami Marlins club. After having mixed results in April, he excelled in May.

Entering May, Scott had a 2.84 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. He has lowered his ERA to 1.50 by not allowing an earned run since April 14 and now has a 1.33 WHIP. If he continues his solid play in June, clubs looking to improve their bullpens will be contacting the Marlins before the trade deadline.

The Marlins closer has three pitch types in his arsenal: a four-seam fastball, a slider and a seldom-used changeup. He ranks in the top three percent of baseball with an expected batting average of .175 and an expected slugging percentage of .273.

Scott will be a free agent after the season and wouldn't cost the Phillies as much as some of the other available relievers. The Marlins got off to a terrible start this year and already traded Luis Arraez to the San Diego Padres in May. The organization will continue to listen to offers as the trade deadline approaches.

With Scott added to the bullpen, the Phillies would have four left-handers they could use in high-leverage situations along with Matt Strahm, Gregory Soto, and José Alvarado. The Marlins closer would provide more value for Philadelphia if one or more of their left-handed bullpen pitchers is on the IL near the trade deadline.