Phillies trade deadline: Dave Dombrowski on trades for Noah Syndergaard, David Robertson, Brandon Marsh

ATLANTA – In a wild flurry of exercise that began 2½ hours earlier than Tuesday’s trade deadline, the Phillies addressed three obtrusive wants as they shored up their group for a late-season push that they hope will finish their 10-year playoff drought.

“I believe we’re higher,” mentioned president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, summing up the day.

In order, the Phillies acquired heart fielder Brandon Marsh from the Los Angeles Angels, reliever David Robertson from the Chicago Cubs and beginning pitcher Noah Syndergaard from the Angels.

The Syndergaard deal was sewn up simply moments earlier than the 6 pm deadline when the Angels moved away from a unique potential deal and referred to as the Phillies.

It made day of wheeling and dealing that a lot better.

“That was large for us,” Dombrowski mentioned. “I used to be beginning to assume we weren’t going to get a beginning pitcher. The questions have been very excessive. So, we’re thrilled about that.

“We added a beginning pitcher, we stabilized and made the bullpen higher, and we solidified our protection with an on a regular basis place participant. We’re in a troublesome division and there are robust groups within the race, however I believe we’re higher.”

The Phils parted with simply two of their high prospects in these offers. Catcher Logan O’Hoppe went to the Angels for Marsh and pitcher Ben Brown to the Cubs for Robertson.

The Phils despatched former No. 1 total choose Mickey Moniak and minor-league outfielder Jadiel Sanchez to the Angels for Syndergaard. Moniak by no means lived as much as his billing with the Phillies and should profit from a change of surroundings.

Dombrowski mentioned the Phils “liked” O’Hoppe however have been snug giving him up as a result of Marsh comes with 5 years of contractual management and has large upside at a place, heart area, that has been an annual drawback for the Phils. He added that JT Realmuto was set at catcher for three extra years.

“Brown might be the one which hurts essentially the most,” Dombrowski mentioned of the 6-6, 22-year-old, power-armed right-hander who went to the Cubs within the Robertson deal. “We like him quite a bit, however you’ll be able to’t defend all people. If you are making an attempt to get to the postseason, David Robertson is pretty much as good a reliever as is on the market and that was the price for us to get him.”

The Phils have been in a position to cling on to their high three pitching prospects – Mick Abel, Andrew Painter and Griff McGarry.

“We by no means mentioned them,” Dombrowski mentioned. “We simply did not wish to trade these guys.”

That did not cease different golf equipment from asking – consistently.

“Tremendous. Off the charts,” Dombrowski mentioned of the curiosity within the trio. “We could not get individuals off these names. From an organizational perspective, we simply felt we could not mortgage the long run by buying and selling a kind of guys.”

While Dombrowski believes that the group’s finest days are down the street, he absolutely expects this group to stay in competition for a playoff berth. The Phils misplaced 13-1 to Atlanta on Tuesday evening and share a 55-48 document with St. Louis. However, the Phils management the third and closing NL wild-card spot after profitable the season sequence with St. Louis. The Phils are taking on the rest of Syndergaard’s contract – greater than $7 million – and challenge to be over the $230 million luxurious tax threshold. Ownership badly needs to make the playoffs and see what occurs with Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola on the high of the rotation. In addition to Tuesday’s enhancements from the trade market, the Phils will get their two finest pure hitters again within the coming weeks. Jean Segura (damaged finger) is predicted to return off the injured listing Thursday and Bryce Harper (damaged thumb) has began swinging a bat and may very well be again by across the finish of the month.

As for the roles the brand new gamers will fill…

Syndergaard will transfer into the rotation, taking the spot vacated by the injured Zach Eflin. The powerfully constructed, 6-6 right-hander does not throw 100 mph anymore, however he nonetheless sits within the mid-90s with a sink on his fastball.

“We assume he will be efficient in a five- or six-inning position,” Dombrowski mentioned. “We weren’t trying for a No. 1 man. We weren’t in that market.”

Dombrowski praised the work of Bailey Falter and Christopher Sanchez. Both have frolicked filling in for Eflin they usually stay helpful to the group when it comes to depth.

Marsh, 24, is a former second-round draft choose of the Angels and at one time was that group’s high prospect. He has not hit persistently and his strikeout charge is excessive at over 35 % in his two seasons within the majors. Marsh is, nonetheless, “a premium defender” in heart area, to make use of Dombrowski’s description. He will get the majority of the taking part in time on the place with Matt Vierling getting time towards lefties.

Both Dombrowski and supervisor Rob Thomson mentioned the Phillies’ hitting workers, led by hitting coach Kevin Long, spent hours reviewing Marsh’s left-handed stroke and strategy.

“We assume there are some issues we will do to assist him,” Thomson mentioned. “He’s the most effective defensive heart fielders in baseball, in order that’s an improve.”

Robertson, 37, has been the most effective tales in baseball this season. He signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Phillies earlier than the 2019 season however pitched in simply seven video games due to an elbow damage that required surgical procedure. He didn’t pitch in 2020 and made it again to the massive leagues for 12 video games with Tampa Bay final season. With the Cubs this season, Robertson notched a 2.23 ERA and 14 saves in 40 1/3 innings. He was placing out 11.4 batters per 9 innings.

Robertson is playoff examined from his time with the Yankees – he was on the 2009 Yankees group that beat the Phillies within the World Series – and he is motivated to assist the Phillies after breaking down his first time by way of city.

“He was very disillusioned that he bought harm,” Thomson mentioned. “I believe he felt unhealthy about it, I actually do.”

The Phillies hope to have Robertson in uniform for Wednesday afternoon’s recreation in Atlanta. Marsh and Syndergaard, who’re coming from the West Coast, will probably be a part of the group Thursday in Philadelphia.

As Gene Hackman mentioned in Hoosiers, “This is your group.” It’s higher than it was a number of days in the past. Time will inform if it is adequate to interrupt the postseason drought.

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