Today has been an absolute whirlwind of trade deadline deals. I don’t think it is a reach to say that this has the potential to be the most impactful trade deadline in decades. This has been no more evident than the moves in the NL East.
With the Braves so far sticking with minor deals to shore up their outfield, the Mets went for the haymaker approach when the acquired Javy Baez from the Cubs. With the Marlins and Nationals in full sell mode, this leads us to the Phillies who made their move late in the process.
Phillies making their move: Finalizing a deal to get starter Kyle Gibson and reliever Ian Kennedy from the Texas Rangers, sources tell ESPN. First on the scene was @Ken_Rosenthal.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2021
Spencer Howard is going to the Rangers in the deal for Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy, sources tell ESPN. He’ll be joined by two other prospects going from Philadelphia to Texas.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2021
While not the big move that Philly fans were likely looking for, acquiring both Gibson and Kennedy shores up the rotation and bullpen respectively. As for Spencer Howard, he has had a bit of a fall from grace this year as he was expected to give the Phillies rotation a boost and instead struggled with a 5.72 ERA in 11 games (7 starts) for Philadelphia.
In other news, there is just 45 minutes left before the deadline and we are already exhausted.