Report: Phillies in on 2 specific rotation arms, looking for a playoff-level starter
The Phillies are looking for a pitcher that can start a playoff game and have been linked to multiple names, according to Jayson Stark of The Athletic.
The Phillies are still sticking to what Dave Dombrowski said last week. There is a very slim chance of breaking up the core of Painter/Abel/McGarry/Brown/O’Hoppe, which could put them out of the running for a big-name pitcher. Matt Gelb of The Athletic said that the price for Tyler Mahle is high, and it would probably take one of those four main pitchers to get a deal done.
Although the price for Mahle is reportedly high, it might be worth it, depending on the arm they would have to give up. Mahle holds just a 2.89 ERA in his last starts and throws for a Reds team that is in an obvious sell mode. The 27-year-old has a 4.40 ERA in 19 starts this season.
Noah 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 5-8 on the year with a 3.83 ERA in 14 games, tallying 64 strikeouts and a 1.213 WHIP in 80.1 innings. Although he’s allowed 34 earned runs on the year, him being back on the field is a good sign in itself.
The last name Jayson Stark mentioned is Jose Quintana, who would also be a great pickup for the Phils rotation. Quintana is 3-5 on the year with a 3.50 ERA, tallying 89 Ks in 103 innings. Quintana pitched on Friday night against the Phillies, going 5.2 innings, allowing just four hits and zero earned runs while striking out four.
The trade deadline is under 48 hours away, and it seems like Dave Dombrowski has something up his sleeve. Don’t miss all of our Phillies deadline coverage here at The Liberty Line.