Matching the Philadelphia Phillies With Their Most Likely MLB Trade Deadline Targets

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 26:  Starting pitcher Mike Minor #23 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the ninth inning at Comerica Park on June 26, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Minor pitched his second complete game of the season, allowing one run on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts, in a 4-1 win. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Phillies are currently sitting in third place in the NL East, behind the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals. They are one of a handful of teams looking to make moves at the MLB Trade Deadline, hoping to acquire the talent needed to get them over the hump and allow them to compete in October.

At the deadline, Philadelphia's primary focus will likely be starting pitching, as Aaron Nola is currently the Phillies' only starter with an ERA below the 4.00 mark. With that in mind, here are five starters the Phillies could acquire ahead of the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline.

5. Matthew Boyd, SP, Detroit Tigers

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Starting pitcher Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Progressive Field on July 18, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Tigers are clear candidates to be sellers at the deadline, sporting a 29-65 record. Matthew Boyd has continued to show improvement throughout his career, and the 28-year-old has a 4.13 ERA in 20 starts (120 innings pitched) this season. He's one of Detroit's most valuable assets, with 160 strikeouts thus far, and a contract worth just $2.6 million this season.

4. Marcus Stroman, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 14: Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium on July 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
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The Phillies have reportedly shown interest in Marcus Stroman, as have a handful of other teams. The 28-year-old just made his first All-Star team and has been solid this season, tallying a 3.06 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. With another year of arbitration left on his contract, Stroman can be more than a short-term rental for Philadelphia.

3. Mike Minor, SP, Texas Rangers

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 22:  Mike Minor #36 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the first inning against the  at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 22, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Mike Minor is another first-time MLB All-Star who could be a potential trade target at the deadline. With an 8-5 record, a 2.86 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 129 innings pitched, Minor has been one of the best starters in MLB this season. It has been reported that the Texas Rangers want quite the haul in return if they're going to move Minor, but his performance thus far indicates he could be worth it for Philadelphia.

2. Zack Greinke, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 29:  Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oracle Park on June 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Zack Greinke is having a terrific season, with a 2.93 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 135 innings pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, Greinke is only in year four of his six-year, $206 million contract, which could be a potential road block for any trade. Still, Greinke could provide an immediate boost for Philadelphia, and if the Phillies can stomach the contract, he could get this team over the hump.

1. Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 06:  Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning against the Washington Nationals during Game Three of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park on October 6, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Madison Bumgarner will likely be a hot commodity over the next couple of weeks, and the Phillies have been frequently linked to the San Francisco Giants' starter. The former World Series MVP hasn't been quite as sharp this season, with a 3.65 ERA and 127 strikeouts over 125 2/3 innings. Still, Bumgarner is a reliable pitcher and the Phillies desperately need to add a left-handed starter.

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