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REPORT: Phillies get Kyle Gibson, Ian Kennedy from Rangers; Freddy Galvis from the Orioles

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Help is on the way

Texas Rangers v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

UPDATE: Old friend returning.

At the start, it’s tough to see where Galvis will play. Didi Gregorius is the starter at shortstop, so it’s not there. Perhaps he’s more of a platoon with Alec Bohm at the hot corner, but at the very least, he’s a defensive replacement late in games for someone, a valuable resource for anyone who has watched this defense.


UPDATE: The Phillies are getting a prospect in return.

Here are the two prospects going to Texas.


Knowing they needed pitching help of any kind and failing to secure some on Tuesday, the Phillies went out and got that help.

Gibson made the All-Star team this year, posting a 2.87 ERA (3.75 FIP), striking out 20.4% of the hitters he’s faced. He depends on the groundball to get outs (50.9%), so pairing him with this infield isn’t exactly great on paper. Kennedy will solidify the bullpen, putting people back into the proper roles they need.

Spencer Howard is part of the return to Texas, along with what Gelb reported in two other prospects. We’ll have more soon.