The Duel

Most Likely Trade Targets for Philadelphia Phillies Ahead of MLB Trade Deadline

By Braulio Perez
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With the addition of Bryce Harper thanks to a monster contract this past offseason, the Phillies entered the new year with World Series aspirations. So far, so good in the City of Brotherly Love.

However, despite holding a slight edge over the Braves in the NL East standings, this team still needs some help and figures to be busy before the MLB Trade Deadline. Here's a look at three players the Phillies should target:

1. Ken Giles, RP, Toronto Blue Jays

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It's no secret Philadelphia's bullpen is banged up right now. And although Giles may be best known for punching himself while with the Astros, the hard-throwing righty is having a great season thus far for the struggling Blue Jays. Giles has 11 saves and a 1.08 ERA to his name. He also has an insane 42 strikeouts in 25 innings of work. Though he's faced character questions in the past, no one can deny he's one heck of a pitcher. Could a reunion with Philly end up being in the works?

2. Martin Maldonado, C, Kansas City Royals

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While this might not be the sexiest of picks Phillies fans were hoping to see, it sure makes sense. Philly is set at catcher with J.T. Realmuto manning the position, but the depth at catcher isn't great for the club. Enter Maldonado. Although he's been struggling at the plate this campaign, the man is known for his tremendous defense behind the dish. He could provide Realmuto with some rest toward the end of the season, that's something that simply can't be overlooked. The Royals wouldn't be asking a ton in return for him either, so it could be an easy move.

3. Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants

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Bumgarner is going to be rumored to join countless teams before the deadline. The Phillies will be included on that list. Although the NL East power is one of the eight teams on MadBum's no-trade list, at the end of the day, he can't control where he ends up going. The Phillies could be in search of a rental for the rest of the season to really make a push for a World Series title. Would Bumgarner really turn down the chance to team up with Harper and help this team win it all? If the Giants, who are last in the NL West, end up trading him, Philly could prove to be a great landing spot for the 29-year-old pitcher.


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