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3 Most Likely Phillies Trade Targets at the Deadline

Larry Rupp
Three of the most likely trade targets at the deadline for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Three of the most likely trade targets at the deadline for the Philadelphia Phillies. / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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The Philadelphia Phillies are doing everything they can to end what is the longest postseason drought in the National League. They haven't sniffed the playoffs since 2011, but manager rob Thomson has this team right in the thick of the Wild Card race and could use a few roster upgrades.

That's where the MLB trade market comes into play. With a thumb injury likely knocking star player Bryce Harper out for at least a few weeks, the Phillies will need to switch up their strategy heading into July. Here's a look at three of the most likely trade targets for Philadelphia at the deadline.

Philadelphia Phillies Trade Rumors

1. Ramon Laureano, OF (OAK)

The Phillies have had little luck finding their everyday starting center fielder this season and instead are employing a crowded platoon at the position. Mickey Moniak, Matt Vierling and Odubel Herrera have all seen extended work. None of those players have posted an OBP over .290, though. Meanwhile, Ramon Laureano is stuck on an Oakland Athletics team in the beginning of a rebuild. Laureano's batting statistics are more than satisfactory (.260/.334/.451 career slash line) and he is a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder that is still under team control for two more years. This would be a move that helps the Phillies beyond just 2022.

2. David Robertson, RP (CHC)

It's no secret that the Phillies struggle to shut down opposing lineups in the later innings of the game. Philadelphia's bullpen owns the second-worst WHIP in the NL (1.40) and has walked 123 batters in total (No. 13 in NL). One name the front office could target as an immediate upgrade is David Robertson. The veteran hurler has shined with the Chicago Cubs in 2022, posting a 1.95 ERA across 25 appearances (27.2 innings). Robertson has also struck out 37 batters during that span. He becomes a free agent at the end of the season, which makes him the perfect cheap rental to take a chance on.

3. Frankie Montas, SP (OAK)

Oakland has been adamant that everyone on the roster is available in trade talks, so targeting starting pitcher Frankie Montas in addition to Laureano makes sense for the Phillies. Montas has logged a respectable 3.21 ERA to go along with a 1.08 WHIP across 15 starts this season. Outside of Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola, the Phillies rotation has simply been average. Zach Eflin continues to deal with a knee injury and Ranger Suarez is struggling to last long into games. Acquiring Montas could allow the coaching staff to move Suarez back to the bullpen as a shutdown reliever. It would be a win on all fronts.

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