Ranking 5 potential Phillies bullpen trade deadline targets

Here's how likely we think it is that the Phillies will land some rumored bullpen trade deadline targets.
Miami Marlins closer Tanner Scott
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No. 4: Kyle Finnegan, Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals closer Kyle Finnegan has been a name that a handful of MLB insiders speculate could be moved at the trade deadline. With the Nationals currently 42-51 and 18.5 games out of first place, the Nats will likely be selling off veteran players in the next couple of weeks as they continue into the next phase of a multi-year rebuild process.

Making trades within the division is not very common, but not entirely out of the realm of possibility either. If the Phillies do have interest in Finnegan, it's been reported that teams like the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees are already known to have some interest in trading for the 32-year-old closer.

Finnegan has impressed in the ninth for the Nationals this season, recording 23 saves in 27 opportunities. The right-hander has 73 saves in 94 career chances and isn't a free agent until after the 2026 season. Those two years of team control will certainly add to the cost of acquiring Finnegan, but he should command a healthy market if made available.

The Phillies would likely have to part with at least two top prospects to make a deal happen. It remains unclear if Finnegan is a player who's even on the Phillies' radar, but Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer suggested Finnegan as a potential target to watch (subscription required) as they reportedly scour the market for bullpen help. We'll call the Phillies' chances of trading for Finnegan as possible, but highly unlikely.