Philadelphia Phillies Trade Rumors: Tracking Hot Updates, News and Reaction
The Philadelphia Phillies, with a 29-62 record, are one of the few teams in Major League Baseball firmly out of contention, so they could look to deal some of their veteran players in hopes of building for the future.
While fans never want to have a losing season, being one of the only legitimate sellers in the league is a powerful thing. Philadelphia has some attractive assets, and with many teams looking to improve for a potential postseason run, the Phillies have the ability to control the market.
The Phillies front office will have to decide just how committed they are to dealing certain players. The club's high asking prices have scared other teams off in recent years, but now that it has a chance to conduct a bidding war, it may be more willing to deal.
Keep coming back throughout July to see what rumors the Phillies are involved in and what deals they make before the July 31 trade deadline passes.
July 31: Traded LHP Cole Hamels, LHP Jake Diekman and cash to the Texas Rangers in exchange for LHP Matt Harrison, RHP Jake Thompson, OF Nick Williams, C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Jerad Eickhoff and RHP Alec Asher
July 31: Trade Ben Revere to Blue Jays
The Philadelphia Phillies will trade outfielder Ben Revere to the Toronto Blue Jays, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies will receive right-handers Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado.
In 2015, Revere is hitting .294 through 85 games and has 12 doubles and six triples. Not only has he used his speed for triples, but he has also swiped 21 bases in 26 attempts.
The 27-year-old outfielder is young enough to be a part of any team's future, and the fact that he is under club control through the 2017 season makes him a very attractive player.
According to Bob Dutton of the News Tribune, the Seattle Mariners have shown interest in Revere this season. Per Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Pirates are also interested in Revere as they look for a replacement leadoff hitter while Josh Harrison is on the disabled list.
July 31: Phillies Trade Cole Hamels to Rangers
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Texas Rangers have completed a Cole Hamels trade, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. Left-hander Matt Harrison, right-hander Jake Thompson, outfielder Nick Williams, catcher Jorge Alfaro, right-hander Jerad Eickhoff and right-hander Alec Asher will go to Philadelphia in, and southpaw Jake Diekman and cash will accompany Hamels to Texas.
The southpaw posted a 3.64 ERA and a 1.181 WHIP in 20 starts in his final season in Philadelphia. The 2002 first-round pick went 114-90 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.145 WHIP in his 10 years with the Phillies. He made three All-Star teams, won the 2008 NLCS and World Series MVPs and was a part of two no-hitters.
Speaking of which, his final start as a Phillie was a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs. Not a bad way to go out.
The 31-year-old is signed through 2018 at $23.5 million per season and has an option for 2019. However, with the team in rebuilding mode, it decided to trade its ace to try to speed up the process.
In return, the Phillies are getting a pitcher with major-league experience and a haul of prospects.
Harrison has a 6.75 ERA and a 1.563 WHIP in three starts this season. For his career, he has a 4.21 ERA and a 1.403 WHIP in 135 games (103 starts). Harrison is making $13.2 million this season, next season and 2017 as well. His contract includes a $13.2 million option (or a $2 million buyout) for the 2018 season.
Philadelphia is also getting some of Texas' top prospects in the deal. Per MLB.com, Thompson (No. 4), Williams (No. 5), Alfaro (No. 6), Eickhoff (No. 17) and Asher (No. 29) were all among the best prospects in the Rangers' farm system.
Thompson, 21, posted a 4.72 ERA and a 1.414 WHIP in 17 starts at Double-A this season. The 2012 second-round pick has struck out nine batters per nine innings in his career, so he's got pretty good stuff. He's got a low- to mid-90s fastball, a great slider, a solid curveball and a decent changeup.
Williams, 21, has the potential to be a very good player. The 2012 second-round pick can hit, run and play defense. The left-handed hitter is hitting .300 with 13 home runs, 21 doubles and four triples at Double-A this season. Not only that, but he has also swiped 10 bases.
Alfaro, 22, projects to be a player who can hit for power. The catcher is hitting .253 with five home runs, 15 doubles and two triples this season. The biggest concern thus far is his tendency to swing and miss. He has 61 strikeouts to just nine walks in 49 games in 2015, and he has 492 strikeouts in 450 career games.
Although he may strike out more than a coach would like, there is still plenty of potential in his bat.
Eickhoff, 25, was 9-4 with a 4.30 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) between two levels of the minors this season. At Double-A, he posted a 2.70 ERA in two starts. At Triple-A, he posted a 4.47 ERA and a 1.303 WHIP in 17 games (16 starts). He's got a fastball that can hit the high-90s, a good curveball and a solid slider.
It's really hard to see how the Phillies could have gotten a better package for Hamels. They got a huge haul of top prospects, which should help the rebuilding process go a little quicker.
July 28: Trade Jonathan Papelbon to Nationals
The Philadelphia Phillies have traded Jonathan Papelbon to the Washington Nationals in exchange for right-hander Nick Pivetta.
Philadelphia's all-time saves leader was selected to his sixth All-Star team after a strong first half. The right-hander saved 17 games in 37 outings of the season while posting a 1.59 ERA and a 0.983 WHIP in 39.2 innings.
The 34-year-old's contract has scared teams off in previous years. Now that he's nearing the end of it, it wasn't anything that prevented a deal from getting done. Papelbon is making $13 million this season, and the Nationals were able to guarantee him $11 million for 2016.
For Philadelphia, this was a move about shedding salary and an unhappy player.
Papelbon had made it known that he would like to be traded, as the 2007 World Series champion recently told Salisbury that he wants to be on a contending team. And now his wish has come true.
Trade Candidate: OF Jeff Francoeur
Although he may not be the player he once was, outfielder Jeff Francoeur could attract some interest at this year's trade deadline.
The 31-year-old has bounced back from a couple of poor seasons and is once again contributing with the bat. He's hitting .249 with six home runs, 10 doubles and one triple this year.
At this point in his career, Francoeur may be best suited for a platoon role. He is hitting .274 with five home runs against right-handers and just .213 with one dinger against southpaws. In his career, he had been a slightly better hitter against left-handers, but that's not the case this year.
Morosi reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in Francoeur.
All stats are via MLB.com.