How did the Phillies’ NL East rivals fare at the trade deadline?

Did the Phillies do enough at the trade deadline compared to their divisional rivals?

Philadelphia Phillies v Cleveland Guardians
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Miami Marlins

The Mets may have been the most active sellers at the trade deadline, but the Miami Marlins were the complete opposite, as they were one of the most active buyers at the trade deadline. In doing so, they have sent the message for the world to know that they are indeed committed and determined to make it back into the playoffs this year since their last appearance in 2020. Altogether, the Marlins completed five trade transactions at the deadline, including reeling in some big time fish in the process.

All of a sudden, the Marlins have definitely become a force to be reckoned with, as they added one-time All-Star and Silver Slugger Josh Bell from the Cleveland Guardians, slugger Jake Burger from the Chicago White Sox, premium veteran closer David Robertson from the Mets, and former All-Star reliever Jorge López from the Minnesota Twins. They certainly gave up some promising prospects in the process, but they have definitely enhanced their lineup both in the hitting and pitching aspects of their game to put them now in strong contention for the playoffs in the coming weeks.

As a result, don’t look now but the Marlins have no doubt become the Phillies main competitors for potentially one of the Wild Card spots down the stretch, as the Phillies will now have to stay on their toes to keep the Marlins at bay so that they don’t end up pushing them out of a playoff spot at the end of the year. If so, they will definitely regret not having done more at the trade deadline when they had the chance.