The Philadelphia Phillies and President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski have made it past their first trade deadline together. They did indeed act as buyers as Dombrowski stated earlier in the week, as they acquired a total of five players and traded away four prospects and one Major League player. 

Phillies acquire Kyle Gibson, Ian Kennedy, Hans Crouse, and cash considerations from the Texas Rangers for Spencer Howard, Kevin Gowdy, and Josh Gessner

Kyle Gibson

Gibson is a 33-year-old right handed starting pitcher with a 6-3 record and a 2.87 ERA. He is in the midst of the best season of his career, averaging roughly six innings per start and running a ground ball percentage of just over 50% with a career-best hits per nine. Gibson has succeeded by rolling those ground balls, as he is a sinker baller who averages about 93 MPH on his sinker. However, his fielding independent pitching (FIP) number of 3.87 suggests regression is imminent. His career ERA of 4.42 and the fact that he’s had an ERA over 5 in four of his seven seasons, including a 5.35 in 12 starts last year, also hint at regression. Gibson is under control through next season at a price of $7M. 

Ian Kennedy

Kennedy is a 36-year-old former starter who has now reinvented himself as a closer in Texas. The right hander has a 2.51 ERA in 32 games this season and is 16 for 17 in save opportunities. Kennedy throws almost exclusively fastballs, throwing them a little under 84% of the time. His fastball averages 94 MPH and opponents are hitting .212 with a .652 OPS on the pitch. Kennedy will be a free agent following the season.

Pitcher Batting line against First time through the order
Ian Kennedy  .227/.270/.387
Spencer Howard .107/.206/.125

Hans Crouse

Crouse is a 22-year-old starting pitching prospect that was a top ten prospect in the Rangers organization. The righty was 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA for the Rangers Double A affiliate this year. Crouse is similar to Spencer Howard, in fact he was even drafted 21 picks after Howard. 

Reaction

When this trade first broke, it seemed to be an utter disaster. The Phillies were selling low on their top prospect from just one year ago who they refused to settle on a role for. However, the addition of Crouse lessens the blow a bit of losing Howard. But, that still doesn’t necessarily make this a good trade.

Gibson and Kennedy make this team better today than they were yesterday. Is it better enough to warrant the cost of Howard along with the finally healthy Kevin Gowdy? The players coming in are fine, but the cost was too much and the road that led here is disappointing. In one short year, Howard went from being a number 1 prospect to traded for a mid rotation starter and a 36-year-old rental reliever. The Phillies failed miserably in Howard’s development and sold him off for players that fill holes Howard should have. They continue to sell their prospects to put band-aids on holes they caused with bad free agent decisions and poor development. 

 

Phillies acquire Freddy Galvis and cash considerations for Tyler Burch 

Freddy Galvis

Old friend Freddy Galvis returns after being dealt to the Padres in December of 2017. Since leaving the Phillies, Galvis owns a batting line of .250/.302/.401 in 590 games played. This season, Galvis is hitting .249 with an OPS of .720 and 9 home runs in 72 games played. He is striking out in just over 21% of his plate appearances and walking in just a little over 6%. Of course, Galvis’ glove was always his most important skill. Galvis owns a .984 fielding percentage and has 1 DRS. He is currently on the IL with a quadriceps strain. 

Reaction

The Phillies gave up a low minors relief pitcher to find a band-aid for their abhorrent defense. Galvis will provide a dramatic upgrade anywhere he plays on the left side of the infield, but his fit isn’t necessarily clear. Ronald Torreyes is this team’s utility man, Alec Bohm is starting at third, and Didi Gregorious is, currently, their starting shortstop. Galvis will most likely play over Gregorious on days when Eflin or new starter Gibson are on the mound as they are primarily ground ball pitchers. Galvis signed a one year contract in the offseason for $1.5M with Baltimore while Gregorious signed a 2 year, $28M deal with the Phillies

Player Batting Line Defense
Didi Gregorious .209/.263/.382 .945 Fld%, -9 DRS
Freddy Galvis .249/.306/.414 .984 Fld%, 1 DRS

 

Phillies acquire Braeden Ogle for Abraham Gutierrez

Braeden Ogle

Ogle is a 24-year-old reliever who was 2-2 with a 3.13 ERA in 24 games for the Pirates Triple A affiliate. The lefty has 42 strikeouts and 22 walks in 31 ⅔ innings pitched. 

Reaction

The Phillies opted to get a little creative, trading one of the players in the ill-fated Tyler Anderson trade to the Pirates for a reliever in the minors. They opted to target a younger reliever with more possible upside than a veteran reliever. Ogle also provides multiple option years, so he could serve as bullpen depth going forward.