Philadelphia Phillies: What Is the Best Trade Before the Deadline?
It’s no secret the Philadelphia Phillies are still trying to “find themselves” after a rough month and change, but as we look at possible deals they could make before the trade deadline what is the best possible move they could pull off?
In my opinion, pulling off a trade with the Cleveland Indians for Trevor Bauer and Brad Hand is the best way to go and brings the best available starter to a Philly rotation with a clear need for consistency.
Hand would give the Phils pen a boost and an all-star caliber arm and Bauer can rack up the strikeouts and is has an MLB-leading 138 innings pitched this year.
Why is this the best move the Phillies can make?
A) They get a starter who is only 28 and is just starting to tap into his prime years in 2018. Bauer might be the harder throwing, right-handed version of Cliff Lee, meaning they didn’t figure out how to perform like aces until their seventh season.
B) The Phils would fill holes in both sections of their pitching staff with hurlers who should be around a while. When the time comes to pay Bauer, it should not be an issue. Let’s not forget the starting pitchers market is very thin. Madison Bumgarner has dealt with injuries in recent memory, Zack Greinke is awful in the playoffs (last 8.2 IP he’s allowed seven runs), Marcus Stroman doesn’t look like an all-star anymore and Philly could get Mike Minor, but he wouldn’t be a home run like Bauer.
Why is this trade possible?
Despite being well over .500, the Indians don’t look like a World Series team. Thus they might be better off trading Bauer because his value is really high right now. He has one year left of arbitration and could command a huge contract. Keep in mind the extension the Tribe gave Carlos Carrasco. That could be a sign Bauer won’t be around in Cleveland that much longer.
Brad Hand has two years and $13.5 million dollars coming his way in 2019 and 2020 combined. His deal has a club option in 2021.
If the Indians get an offer for Hand, they could get a decent haul. Especially with the inexpensive price tag that follows the lefty reliever. Cleveland could receive a solid group of minor leaguers if a team makes the right package for Bauer and Hand.
Worst case scenario: If the Phillies miss out on a swap for Bauer and Hand, it would be smart to call Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and San Francisco to see the relievers and starters available.
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