The Phillies, mired in third-place in the NL East, have failed to live up to lofty preseason expectations but that hasn’t changed general manager Matt Klentak’s strategy for the upcoming Major League Baseball trade deadline.
“Yeah, they’re going for it,” CBS Sports baseball analyst and former general manager Jim Bowden said Tuesday on CBSSportsHQ. “General manager Matt Klentak is being very aggressive.”
After an offseason spending spree that included signing right fielder Bryce Harper to a 13-year contract worth $330 million, and acquiring catcher J.T. Realmuto, shortstop Jean Segura and others, the Phillies are looking to add arms prior to the trade deadline.
“[Klentak] is calling every team that has pitching available. That’s where their focus is.”
The Phillies pitching staff has been a weakness all season, which could put Philadelphia in play for San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman or the Arizona Diamondbacks’ left-hander Robby Ray.