Philadelphia Phillies: 5 starting pitchers worth trade consideration

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With the Philadelphia Phillies seeming to have a need to strengthen their starting rotation, here are five possible pitchers the team might trade for.

The Philadelphia Phillies are currently first in the NL East with a 37-28 record. However, the Atlanta Braves are only one game behind and recently signed former Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel.

Since the Phillies were also in talks to sign Keuchel having four pitchers in the rotation with at least a 4.0 ERA, it’s likely the team will try to land an impressive arm to strengthen the rotation.

The Phillies could pursue Cleveland‘s Trevor Bauer who holds a 4-6 record with a 3.93 ERA making him a slightly better option to who the team already has and could hopefully cause his price to not be too steep. Bauer also would lead the team in innings pitched before even throwing a pitch with the Phillies with 91.2 innings opposed to Jake Arrieta’s team-leading 79.2 innings pitched, adding a pitcher that can go deep into games if needed.

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One pitcher the Phillies are linked to is Texas Rangers‘ right-hander Mike Minor. The lefty would actually be the Phillies first regular left-handed starter since 2016. Minor has a 5-4 record on the season with an impressive 2.55 ERA over 81.1 innings pitched. This would place him as the team leader in earned runs averaged just above Zach Eflin’s 2.88 ERA. Minor would definitely be a strong addition to Philadelphia’s rotation.

Another name Philadelphia could go for is 3-8 Marcus Stroman who, although the dismal record only has a 3.31 ERA. Stroman is making $7.4 million this year and is eligible for arbitration next season, with his first real chance to make serious money coming the following year. Although being dealt to the Phillies would land Stroman on a contending team, the Toronto Blue Jays know the talent they have and will be patiently waiting for the right offer putting a high price tag on the 28-year-old right-handed pitcher.

Of course, the Phillies could make the push for Madison Bumgarner who is due $12 million before hitting the open market. Bumgarner has a 4.05 ERA with 80 hits and innings pitched over 13 starts. Mad Bum’s ERA would be second on the team with his innings pitched barely being the most as any Phillies’ pitcher. Although his 80 hits allowed would be tied with second most on the team with Aaron Nola.

Lastly, the Phillies could try to acquire Reds’ pitcher Tanner Roark who has only allowed 68 hits over 67.1 innings pitched, also posting a 3.74 ERA, which would make him second best in that category for the Phillies. Roark is also set to be a free agent at the end of the season and is being paid $10 million this year. Making him a most likely high valued rental for a contender.

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With the Philadelphia Phillies seemingly having to improve their pitching rotation is there a specific player, you would want them to target? Let us know in the comments section below!