Once the Texas Rangers shipped Joey Gallo and Joely Rodriguez to the New York Yankees, the doors remained open for other veterans to be on the move.
And once Minnesota agreed to a trade with Toronto on Friday for pitcher Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson became one of the top remaining starters available on the trade market along with teammate and sought after relief pitcher Ian Kennedy.
Enter the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Rangers had been in contact with multiple teams ahead of Friday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, but it was Philadelphia who eventually landed both pitchers from Texas, a source tells The Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal first reported the deal.