With the 2023 Trade Deadline approaching, the time to add pieces for the 2023 season is coming to an end, and the Phillies find themselves in a curious position, without one glaring need, but still perhaps looking to add in a variety of areas the following is a list of teams with a decent chance to sell at the 2023 Trade Deadline, and one player on each of them that should interest the Phillies the most.
Mets - David Robertson - I badly wanted to put Max Scherzer here, but he likely exercises his 2024 player option and I don’t see the Mets wanting that in-division for 2024. So hey, D-Rob round three time? Robertson is having an even better start to this season then he did with Chicago last year, and we know he can be a valuable backend bullpen option. Adding him to the mix could give the Phillies a truly fearsome relief group.
Nationals - Hunter Harvey - You may remember Harvey from his days as a starting pitching prospect, but in recent years he’s broken out in his dad Bryan’s old role, and is closing games for the Nationals. The Phillies aren’t in dire need of bullpen help, but Harvey’s cheap, can be controlled through 2025, and quite good, so he could be a name to watch.
Cubs - Kyle Hendricks - The Cubs recently insisted they would buy at the deadline, but recent struggles could have them rethinking their stance. Either way, Hendricks could still find his way to another team. The Cubs could want to dump the rental hurler’s $14 million 2023 salary, and after a few tough seasons, he could simply be a salary dump, but the upside is clear, as evinced by the righty’s strong run since coming of the IL.
Pirates - Miguel Andujar - I’m not sure how many players the Pirates and Phillies match up in a deal for, so let’s go outside of the box. Andujar has struggled in recent years, but he can play both the infield corners and LF - a skillset that could intrigue a team lacking strong production from these three spots so far. He’s hitting like mad at AAA Indianapolis, and would likely cost next to nothing while not occupying a 40-man spot at the moment.
Cardinals - Jordan Montgomery - Of all of the rental options the Cardinals have on the block, "Monty" has shined the brightest so far this season. Since coming back from 2018 Tommy John Surgery, Montgomery has improved year over year to a point where he is now a strong number three and could elevate the Phillies rotation.
Padres - Blake Snell - Will the Padres sell? I don’t know, but if they do, rental Blake Snell would be a guy that makes sense for the Phillies. He’s surging off of a torrid June and not only would improve the 5th starter spot, but could provide the Phillies a contingency for the playoffs for if Aaron Nola or Zach Wheeler don’t round back into form.
Rockies - Brent Suter - While the Phillies relief situation is strong at the moment, some of the options the Rockies have that should most interest the Phillies are their relievers. In particular, Suter piques my interest. A buy-low waiver get by the Rox prior to the season, Suter is a rental amidst perhaps his best season as a pure reliever. A key stat for the contact-oriented hurler is his HR rate, which is a tidy 0.4 at Coors Field. He can pitch multiple innings, and could even be a piggyback piece for the 5th starter spot.
Boston Red Sox - Justin Turner - In any other division I wouldn’t see Boston even consider selling, but with them being 5th in the AL East, they may just have to. Veteran Justin Turner is a creative addition who could perhaps take the lion’s share of 1B reps to ease Bryce Harper into the position. The wily vet once again is having another strong season with a balanced offensive profile.
Minnesota Twins - Kenta Maeda - Ironically, the Twins would be in 6th in the AL East. We will assume for the sake of argument they have no serious interest in selling, but in any case, they could still deal Maeda due to his early struggles and their SP depth. Owed just $3 million total this year, Maeda is a roll of the dice at SP5 that could pay dividends, and if not he’s a minor sunk cost.
Cleveland Guardians - James Karinchak - The fireballer Karinchak has fallen out of favor in Cleveland, seeing himself optioned again this season. However, the strikeout, ERA, and WHIP remain quite good, making him a curious buy-low option that can be stashed at AAA. He’s controllable though at least 2026.
Chicago White Sox - Lance Lynn - The burly Lynn has had a nightmare start to the season, but Lynn was an All Star as recently as his last full season (2021), and could be an interesting roll of the dice.
Detroit Tigers - Nick Maton - I know, I know, Detroit has some pitching that could be worth adding, but I see the likely prices on the guys they have to offer as being more than I’d feel like paying to simply grab fungible relievers with more control. So why not see if DET is willing to swap Nick Maton back? The Phillies are weak in High Minors infield depth, and Maton can be optioned. He should easily be your next man up in the event of an infield injury.
Kansas City Royals - Carlos Hernández - Not a lot here with Chapman gone. Not sure what Hernández would cost, but he’s an intriguing swing option with control who is quite liked by FIP.
Seattle Mariners - Teoscar Hernández - Not sure the Mariners will sell, but if they do, it will only be rentals…which is basically only Hernández, so maybe they don’t sell anyway. Hernández doesn’t have a lot of recent LF experience, so he would just be a DH here, which makes a match here unlikely.
Oakland Athletics - Angel Felipe - Yes, I think the best move the Phillies could reasonably make with the A’s is purchasing a nearly-26 year-old reliever with no MLB experience who was just on waivers. That’s really all you need to know about how horrid that A’s roster is.
Additionally, I will note this is not a complete list of teams the Phillies could look to trade with. I mostly focused on sellers and buyers who have clear pieces they may wish to part with. I also largely focused on near-term additions, but the Phillies could also deal for injured players as investments for 2024 and beyond.