Examining Five Possible Philadelphia Phillies Trade Deadline Deals

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Source: Hunter Martin/Getty Images North America

3.) Jeanmar Gomez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Nick Kingham

This one comes as a bit of a surprise, given that Pittsburgh needs rotation help more. However, with their starters having difficulty getting late into games, their bullpen has become heavily used. The Pirates have a solid trio of relievers in Mark Melancon, Tony Watson, and Neftali Feliz. Despite that, they can’t completely rely on a three-man bullpen. Gomez would add another ninth-inning option to the Bucs’ bullpen, and one that Pittsburgh is familiar with: Gomez was a Pirate in both 2013 & 2014.

Kingham would just add to the talented pitching depth that Philadelphia has in their farm system. MLB Pipeline has Kingham listed as the 12th-rated prospect in the Pirates organization, and projects him as a No. 3 or 4 starter. Kingham was at one point on the cusp of a major-league debut before suffering an arm injury that required Tommy John surgery. Kingham has already begun his long road to recovery, and the depth of Philadelphia’s pitching would allow him to take his time, and not force a speedy recovery. 

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