Examining Five Possible Philadelphia Phillies Trade Deadline Deals

 

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5.) Freddy Galvis to Houston Astros for Brady Rodgers

Flashback to May 1, and the Houston Astros sit with the third-worst record in baseball at 8-17. Since May 1, the Astros have been the third-best team in baseball, going 43-27 over that span. Houston currently sits with a 51-44 record, only 3.5 games out of the lead for the AL West. There’s obviously areas of weakness that Houston would like to upgrade, and while infield isn’t one of the biggest needs, they could use some extra-added depth. Galvis’ ability to play shortstop will take some pressure off of super-utility man Marwin Gonzalez, who has played at least seven games at all four infield positions — most of which have come at first base. Galvis’ presence would also provide the Astros with the possible luxury of giving shortstop Carlos Correa some rest towards the end of the season, should Houston already have a playoff spot locked up.

Rodgers, 25, currently sits as the Astros’ 26th-ranked prospect according to MLBPipeline. The right-hander possesses a four-pitch repertoire, with his slider being referred to as his best pitch. Rodgers has a fastball that hovers between the upper-80s and mid-90s, although his command makes it a fairly effective pitch. He’s currently enjoying the best season of his career with Triple-A Fresno, going 8-3 with a 2.88 ERA in 93.2 innings of work. Rodgers’ ceiling isn’t the highest that you’ll ever see, but he’s capable of becoming a solid No.5 starter or possible bullpen piece.

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