The 36-year-old Neshek has pitched incredibly well this year for Philadelphia since being acquired in a trade from the Astros last fall. He has posted a 0.61 ERA with 28 strikeouts against four walks while making one save in 29 2⁄3 innings pitched.
Neshek has pitched so well that the Nationals added him to their list of relievers who they may want to acquire to fill their closer role. Another big reason Neshek is attractive is because he is only owed more than $3 million on his $6.5 million deal for this year and he is a free agent in 2018, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Salisbury did say it is “unclear” who they will get for Neshek, but guesses a “low-level prospect.” The Phillies hope they can get more for him as the non-waiver deadline approaches.
The trade talks haven’t surprised Neshek, who is playing for his sixth team in his 11th season. In fact, Salisbury reported on June 8 that Neshek believes he will be dealt at some point. Neshek played four seasons with the Twins, two apiece with the Astros and Athletics, and one apiece with the Padres and the Cardinals before coming to the Phillies. He has a career 2.77 ERA in 413 innings pitched.