Report: Phillies listed as potential landing spot for a veteran starting pitcher
With the MLB Trade Deadline just 13 days away, the Phillies will be looking to improve their roster in a few places.
The upcoming deadline is set to be one of the craziest in recent memory, with the potential move of star outfielder Juan Soto taking the major headlines. Soto declined a $440M offer from the Washington Nationals just a few days ago, and it seems that his days in Washington are numbered.
With Zach Eflin’s return from the IL unknown, it seems that the Phillies are going to be in the market for a back-end starting pitcher. If the Angels decided to sell at the deadline after their massive collapse following their hot start, the Phillies should go after Noah Syndergaard.
Noah Syndergaard’s Career Stats
134 Starts: 52-38, 3.38 ERA, 792.1 IP, 835 Ks, 1.165 WHIP
Noah Syndergaard underwent Tommy John Surgery following the shortened 2020 season. After declining his offer last offseason with the Mets, he joined the Angels on a 1-year, $21M deal.
Syndergaard hasn’t been his old self in 2022 but he’d still fit perfectly as a 4/5 guy for the Phillies. He’s 5-7 on the year with a 4.00 ERA in 14 games, tallying 58 strikeouts and a 1.197 WHIP in 74.1 innings. Although he’s allowed 33 earned runs on the year, him being back on the field is a good sign in itself.
Kyle Gibson hasn’t been great for the Phils this year, holding a 5-3 record with a 4.35 ERA, a 1.202 WHIP, and just 80 Ks in 97.1 innings. Zach Eflin can’t stay healthy in the second half, and Ranger Suarez isn’t his 2021-self, holding a 4.07 ERA in 16 starts.
It’s tough to tell exactly where the Phillies are looking in Free Agency at this point in time, but a starting pitcher needs to be at the top of their list. They could go the star route, as Luis Castillo and Frankie Montas will be hitting the market as well. Other teams that were listed as a potential landing spot for Syndergaard were the Braves, Blue Jays, Red Sox, and Cardinals.
The Fightins are back in action on Friday, after a 5-day break due to the All-Star Game. Kyle Gibson will get the ball vs the Chicago Cubs, kicking off a 3-game home set.
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