Trade deadline grades: Did the Phillies just crush that? originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Phillies are firmly in the playoff hunt with less than 60 games to go, and President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made it clear before Tuesday’s trade deadline that he doesn’t want another September flame-out.
If the Phils miss the postseason once again it won’t be for a lack of Dombrowski’s trying to improve the roster.
The Fightins shipped out a top prospect in exchange for a young, exciting fielder in Brandon Marsh; they sent another prospect away for a sturdy veteran reliever in David Robertson; and they jettisoned a former No. 1 overall pick to the West Coast for a back-end starter in Noah Syndergaard.
It was a busy day!
And if you’re listening to the experts, it seems like Dombrowski and the Phils’ front office basically nailed it. Let’s swing around the baseball internet and see how the Phillies’ trade deadline moves grade out…
“The Phillies didn’t have the luxury of time. They need someone who can capably man center field right now, and Marsh can do that. It’s a creative solution from the Phillies’ front office. Marsh is a young player only 163 games into his MLB career — it’s surprising the Angels moved him — who will be more valuable playing center than he was flanking Mike Trout.
“[Syndergaard] doesn’t have the strikeout stuff of his earlier days — his fastball runs about 94 mph and his once-daunting slider is neutered at 84 mph — but he’s using his sinker and changeup to miss barrels and post some solid results. If I were the Phillies, I’d be worried that his 3.83 ERA won’t hold up amid regression and less pitcher-friendly confines.”
Syndergaard Grade: B
“The 29-year-old has shifted his style, going from chasing strikeouts to chasing ground balls.
“Though this approach translated to a 3.83 ERA in Anaheim, Syndergaard will be pitching in a smaller stadium and in front of a shakier defense with the Phillies.”
Robertson Grade: A
“Even at 37 years old, Robertson is still pumping mid-90s fastballs and snapping off nasty curveballs, all while putting up a 2.23 ERA for the Cubs.
“The Phillies did give up a prospect for Robertson, who’s only signed for this year at $3.5 million. But since he’s the biggest get in a series of moves meant to shore up the team’s most glaring weaknesses, the price doesn’t seem too…