Grading Phillies new acquisitions at the trade deadline
When it comes to grading Phillies moves at the deadline, we’re looking at three new acquisitions that will help to make a push for the playoffs.
Defense at catcher and shortstop have cost the Phillies wins so far this year. Adding veteran support in Wilson Ramos and Asdrubal Cabrera has solved that issue. The bullpen, while solid in the last month, has been less than stellar.
While the closer situation appears to be the same as of now, Seranthony Dominguez is the clear choice to be the hammer in the bullpen. In the 11th hour with the trade deadline coming to a close, Klentak and the Phillies added Loup, a LHP from Toronto.
LHP Aaron Loup from Toronto
Loup is a 30-year-old reliever from Toronto. While he isn’t the most glamorous pickup, overall he has quietly had a good career. This year, however, he has a 4.54 ERA and the second lowest groundball rate (46.7%) of his career. But, he also has 42 strikeouts in 35.2 innings, and only 3.28 walks per nine innings this year.
The Phillies bullpen currently ranks 13th in baseball, and adding a veteran like Loup is only going to help stabilize the unit even more. Until they added Loup, the only lefties out of the bullpen were Adam Morgan and Austin Davis, the 25-year-old prospect drafted by the Phillies in the 12th round.
In exchange for Loup, the Phillies shipped RHP Jacob Waguespack to Toronto. 24- year old Waguespack has pitched in both AA and AAA this year. He posted a 4.68 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 82 innings.
Ramos heading to the City of Brotherly Love
At the trade deadline Tuesday, Klentak also upgraded the catching position, while also simultaneously strengthening the bench. The two-time all-star Ramos will add a consistent bat in the middle of the lineup, something the Phillies have really been lacking all season.
His slash line of .297/.346/.488 immediately makes him the best hitter statistically on the Phillies. Jorge Alfaro just can’t compare with Ramos’ production when he’s only slashing 247/.318/.372. Despite having one of the best arms in the league, Alfaro still has a lot to work on defensively.
The Phillies have acquired C Wilson Ramos. With his average at .297, look for him to take over the primary catching role after his return from the DL. The Phillies get their bat. pic.twitter.com/65h0tIH9km
— Philly Sports (@MadeForPhilly) July 31, 2018
Salvador Perez replaced Ramos on the field during the All-star game after he was put on the DL. Regardless, 2018 was his second all-star appearance in his career. Ramos is expected back on the field by mid-August.
The Phillies acquired the veteran catcher for next to nothing. They have announced they won’t be shipping any of their top 30 prospects as the Rays in return get a player to be named later.
Cabrera joins Phillies at the deadline
Cabrera, the 32-year-old veteran from the New York Mets, was picked up just a few days before the trade deadline. He is slashing .272/.331/.424 in 2018. He has only played second base this year for the Mets, but the Phillies plan is to use him at SS to replace Kingery, who is a second baseman by trade.
Kingery is only hitting .230 this year with a .270 OBP. He has a bright future with the club, and the Phillies have already been very vocal about how much they love him. Cabrera is an easy plugin to improve a position that has been less than par this year.
In return for Cabrera, the Phillies only gave up RHP Franklin Kilome. Kilome was the Phillies number 10 prospect but hasn’t quite panned out as much as they had hoped. In his most recent evaluation, scouts had him pegged for a middle reliever at best.
Grading Phillies new players as a whole
Overall, the Phils got a great return and didn’t have to give up much to get it. Perhaps the best player they got is Ramos, who even though cannot play until mid-August, has the highest upside. It makes sense for the Phillies to trade for players who have a high upside with a low price tag.
Grading Phillies GM Klentak and the moves he and the front office made, I’d give them a B for overall value and low cost.