The trade deadline is just hour away and the Cincinnati Reds have one of the most valuable starting pitchers who's yet to be dealt. Tyler Mahle has been rumored to be on the move for weeks, but with less than 24 hours remaining, will he really be traded?
The market is bit clouded. The Reds received a tremendous return for Luis Castillo's services, but the Oakland Athletics were not as fortunate. The A's traded Frankie Montas to the New York Yankees yesterday and didn't receive near the package the Reds did.
Miami Marlins starter Pablo Lopez and San Francisco Giants left-hander Carlos Rodon could be on the move as well today. It'll be a race to the 6 PM ET finish line and there'll be plenty of teams still interested in Mahle's services. But will they be willing to offer the type of trade package it's going to take? Which
1. The Phillies will be in desperation mode and could trade for Reds RHP Tyler Mahle.
The Philadelphia Phillies were never mentioned as a potential destination for former Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo, but Dave Dombrowski appears to be taking a long look at Tyler Mahle. The Phillies are definitely in the market for a starter as the deadline approaches.
The Phillies are clinging to the final Wild Card spot in the National League, and with the St. Louis Cardinals rumored to be after Washington Nationals superstar Juan Soto, Philadelphia needs to add to their roster before 6 PM ET today.
The Phillies are not going to catch the New York Mets or the Atlanta Braves in the NL East, so Philadelphia's only hope to salvage this season and make a run in the playoffs is to secure a spot in the Wild Card. Philly has the horses to get the job done in the batters' box, but they need one more quality starter in the rotation.
Tyler Mahle would slot nicely behind Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler in the Phillies starting rotation, giving manager Rob Thomson a solid 1-2-3 punch. The Phillies have been rumored to be unwilling to move some of their top prospects. Perhaps they change their tune as the deadline approaches this evening.