3 too-early trade partners that make too much sense for Phillies

These three teams have players the Phillies could make a deal for before the July 30 MLB trade deadline.
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The MLB trade deadline is July 30, and the Philadelphia Phillies will be buyers. Injuries have recently tested the club's depth, with Taijuan Walker, Spencer Turnbull, Kyle Schwarber and Bryce Harper going on the IL.

Philadelphia doesn't need to necessarily make a blockbuster deal to improve their club. At full strength, they have minimal concerns on their roster. However, ailments can pile up suddenly for any team during a season. The trade deadline represents an opportunity for a contending team such as the Phillies to become even stronger with the postseason a few months away.

3 too-early trade partners that make too much sense for Phillies

Let's take a look at three too-early trade partners that make too much sense for the Phillies.

Toronto Blue Jays

If the Toronto Blue Jays decide to become sellers leading up to the July 30 trade deadline, the club has a few players that could provide depth for the Phillies. Reliever Trevor Richards, who will be a free agent after the season, has had a solid year. He has a 2.49 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP in 36 appearances.

Bullpen pitcher Yimi García, who is currently on the 15-day IL dating back to June 17 with right elbow ulnar neuritis, is having a good year with a 2.57 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP in 27 games. Once the pending free agent returns from the IL, he will get save opportunities for the Blue Jays with closer Jordan Romano being shut down due to elbow discomfort.

Starting pitcher Chris Bassitt, while possessing a hefty contract — $22 million in 2024 and 2025 — is having a decent year with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in 17 outings. It appears unlikely the Phillies would consider him due to his salary, but he would provide depth for their fifth spot in the rotation if they look to add another starter.

Relievers Richards and García, should he prove he is recovered from his injury, represent solid options for Philly to target in a deal and will not cost much in a trade due to each being a pending free agent.