July 31, 2018
The Phillies made three moves in total.
-Asdrubal Cabrera for #10 prospect Fanklyn Kilome
- Wilson Ramos for a player to be named later
- Left handed relief pitcher Aaron Loup for Jacob Waguespack (aka nobody)
Wilson Ramos should be an instant upgrade.
He is currently on the DL, but should be ready to go in a week or so...
When Ramos is healthy the new Phillies lineup could look like this:
The Phillies needed to upgrade the lineup, but didn't have an obvious hole.
A few weeks ago, right field and third base looked to be positions that they that could upgrade, but Franco and Williams have really turned it on as of late.
So they looked to shortstop and catcher. Both Ramos and Cabrera will be major offensive upgrades when they are in the lineup.
- Aaron Loup
Loup isn't a huge upgrade over what the Phillies already have, but he is at least another left handed arm, and didn't cost them anything.
I would bet that he becomes the preferred option over Adam Morgan late in games.
Aaron Loup: 35.2 IP, 42 Ks, 4.54 ERA, (4 HRs)
Adam Morgan: 28.1 IP, 27 Ks, 4.76 ERA, (5 HRs)
However, Jake Diekman, who was traded to Arizona, would have been the better option.
All three players should help the Phillies for their playoff push. They are also all free agents at the end of this season.
Klentak helped his team without giving up much in return. We'll see if it was enough to get them into the playoffs.
They can still make a trade during the waiver period, which ends August 31st. Remember, Justin Verlander was dealt on August 31st last year. So, this may not be it for the Phillies.
Big winners: Dodgers/Brewers
The Dodgers landed both Manny Machado and Brian Dozier.
The Brewers also helped themselves by adding third baseman Mike Moustakas and second baseman Jonathon Schoop. Their offense will be dangerous.
Around the division:
-The Braves acquired starting pitcher Kevin Gausman, relief pitchers Brad Brach and Jonny Venters, and left fielder Adam Duvall.
-The Nationals essentially stood pat.
We'll soon find out who made the right moves.
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