Rangers trade Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy to Phillies in blockbuster deal
With Joey Gallo being traded by the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees already, it seemed a likely conclusion that the moves weren’t done being made. And that’s exactly the case for the Rangers as they’ve agreed to trade Kyle Gibson to the Phillies.
In addition to Gibson, the Phillies are also acquiring closer Ian Kennedy.
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Gibson is in the midst of what is by far the best season of his career. At age 33, the righty made his first all-star game in his career and his numbers backed up the nod. He’s pitched to a 6-3 record for the lowly Rangers and has a 2.87 ERA and a WHIP of 1.17.
With Max Scherzer being traded on Thursday to the Los Angeles Dodgers, it thinned out that top tier of available starting pitchers on the market. Gibson was hanging around the tier below and with teams feeling the pressure to add, the Phillies pulled the trigger.
Philly is trying to catch the Mets in the NL East and currently trail New York by 3.5 games.
Adding Gibson to the Phillies rotation will be a huge boost as they look to make a postseason push that lasts well into October. The now former Texas Rangers pitcher had always had issues in Minnesota with the Twins trying to be too precise and too perfect with his pitching. In Texas, he was able to find the zone consistently and not be afraid to pitch to contact, something he excelled at that helped this resurgence in his career.
Two more good pitchers are headed elsewhere as teams continue to look and add near the end of the deadline.