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Phillies to acquire Ian Kennedy and Kyle Gibson from the Rangers

The Phillies get a bit better on a crazy trade deadline.

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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.

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.