The trade deadline is officially over, and the Phillies have made significant additions in hopes of ending their 11-year postseason drought.
Hours before the trade deadline on Tuesday afternoon, the Phils acquired center fielder Brandon Marsh and starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard from the Los Angeles Angels and reliever David Robertson from the Chicago Cubs.
Marsh comes to the Phils as their best defender in center field, a position the Phillies need to be very solid. according to Phils Insider Jim SalisburyThe 24-year-old is a “former second-round draft pick of the Angels.”
Syndergaard, also known as “Thor” in MLB, will step into the starting rotation, filling in for the injured Zach Efly.
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski commented, “We think he can be effective in a five- or six-inning role … We weren’t looking for a No. 1 guy. We were not in that market.”
David Robertson joins the Phillies bullpen with one 2.23 ERA and 14 saves through 36 games with the Cubs this season. This will add depth to a hit-or-miss bullpen in 2022.
Last weekend, the Phillies also acquired shortstop Edmundo Sosa from the St. Louis Cardinals for RHP Jojo Romero.
according to Phils Insider Jim Salisbury, the Cardinals have been using Sosa as a reliever off the bench, and he is hitting just .188./.244/.270 this season. However, in 2021, Sosa became the Cards’ shortstop starter and hit .271/.346/.389 in 113 games.
Why did the front office decide to take Sosa? In my opinion, I’m not entirely sure. Yes, it’s important to have key utility players on the bench, but the Phillies already have their “go-to guys” in Yairo Munoz and Johan Camargo. Additionally, Bryson Stott has proven to be an excellent clutch hitter and defender in his rookie season.
Stott filled in for the injured Jan Segura at second base, but will he get any playing time once Segura returns later this week? Perhaps Stott’s natural position is shortstop, but what about veteran Didi Gregorious? These questions will be answered as the season progresses.
Looking ahead, the Phillies have a tough NL East Division schedule ahead of them, with games against the Mets, Braves, Nats and Marlins in August.
The real test comes in September when the Phils travel to San Francisco to face the Giants in a three-game series. Depending on the Wild Card situation at the time, it could be a make or break series.
Currently, the Phillies lead the Giants by 4.5 games in the Wild Card; however, will the situation between the two teams become more tense after a month? Only time will tell.