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Philadelphia Phillies Get: C John Jaso, SP Dylan Covey and cash considerations
Oakland A’s Get: SP Kyle Kendrick
Susan Slusser from the San Francisco Chronicle noted last week that “given the issues with the back end of the rotation, there is little doubt that Oakland, a definite contender, will look to trade for another starter and might be willing to move a player off the big-league roster to do so.”
Well then, how about pulling off a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies for Kyle Kendrick?
Kendrick, who is 0-3 with a 3.98 ERA, 1.372 WHIP and 27 strikeouts, is a workhorse that will throw as many innings as A's manager Bob Melvin needs him to. And make no mistake, other than a couple of bad outings, Kendrick is pitching better than his record indicates.
Now, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. isn’t one to throw in the towel, but he already has options in the minor leagues to replace Kendrick such as Jesse Biddle (3-4, 3.63 ERA, 1.254 WHIP, 10.3 K/9). The left-hander is ready to take the next step and has thrown at least 133.0 innings each of the past three seasons. In essence, trading Kendrick is by no means a sign of submissions.
In return, the Phillies would get left-handed hitting John Jaso (.288/.353/.463, 3 HR, 8 RBI), starting pitcher Dylan Covey (2-2, 3.89, 1.200 WHIP) and cash.
Jaso, who has two more years of team control and has played first base in addition to catching, would provide considerable offensive depth on the bench. True, he's certainly not, going to supplant Carlos Ruiz, but he is an upgrade over 36-year-old Wil Nieves who is a free agent at the end of the season.
Covey is going to need another year or two, but he has a powerful fastball and a well-graded curveball. He also grades out as the No. 13 prospect in the A's system.
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