As the MLB trade deadline is just around the corner, the Philadelphia Phillies already have an eye on bolstering their roster in anticipation of what may turn out to be tightly contested National League wild-card races.
According to the New York Post’s Jon Heyman, the Phillies plan to “seek” bullpen help ahead of this season’s MLB trade deadline.
The Phillies have had plenty of woes with their bullpen over the years. Last season, they ranked at 25th in all of MLB in bullpen ERA with a 4.60 mark. Through 73 games played in the 2022 campaign, their bullpen has logged a 4.16 ERA, which ranks at 19th in the majors.
Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made multiple moves in the offseason to revamp the team’s reliever corps. Among them, he signed Corey Knebel and Jeurys Familia to mere one-year deals. They each have had their fair share of ups and downs in the campaign, which includes Knebel’s 5.40 ERA in May and Familia’s 11.81 ERA so far in the month of June.
At the least, several relievers have risen to the occasion for the Phillies as of late. For one, Seranthony Dominguez boasts a keen 1.63 ERA to go along with an 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings pitched mark in the season.
As was the case over the past couple of MLB trade deadlines, multiple notable relievers are expected to hit the trade market in the coming weeks. Heyman listed the likes of Detroit Tigers reliever Gregory Soto and Baltimore Orioles closer Jorge Lopez as being among the players who are slated to be available.
The Phillies entered Sunday’s series finale against the San Diego Padres at 2.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the third wild-card spot in the NL.