Phillies commerce deadline: Dave Dombrowski on Noah Syndergaard, David Robertson, Brandon Marsh offers

ATLANTA — In a wild flurry of activity that began 2 1/2 hours before Tuesday’s trade deadline, the Phillies addressed three glaring needs, bolstering their late-season roster that hopes to end a 10-year playoff drought.

“I think we’re better,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in summing up the day.

The Phillies acquired center fielder Brandon Marsh from the Los Angeles Angels, released David Robertson from the Chicago Cubs and released starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard from the Angels.

The Syndergaard deal came just moments before the 6 p.m. deadline, when the Angels backed away from another potential deal and called the Phillies.

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“It was very important to us,” Dombrowski said. “I was starting to think we weren’t going to get a starting pitcher. The questions were very big. So, we’re happy about that.

“We’ve added a starting pitcher, stabilized and improved the pitching, and strengthened the defense with an everyday position player.” We are in a tough division and there are tough teams in the race, but I think we are better.

In those deals, the Phils only parted with their top two prospects. Catcher Logan O’Hoppe went to the Angels for Marsh and pitcher Ben Brown to the Cubs for Robertson.

The Phils sent former No. 1 shortstop Mickey Moniak and minor league outfielder Jadiel Sanchez to the Angels for Syndergaard. Moniak never lived up to his billing with the Phillies and could benefit from a change of scenery.

Dombrowski said the Phils “loved” O’Hoppe but felt comfortable giving him up because Marsh has five years of contract control and a huge advantage at the position, center field, which has been an annual problem for the Phils. He added that JT Realmuto has been named catcher for another three years.

“Brown probably hurt the most,” Dombrowski said of the 6-6, 22-year-old, powerful right-hander who came to the Cubs in the Robertson deal. “We like him a lot, but he can’t protect everyone. If you’re trying to get to the postseason, David Robertson is as good a reliever as there is, and that’s what it cost us to get him.

The Phils were able to keep their top three of Mick Abel, Andrew Painter and Griff McGarry.

“We never talked about them,” Dombrowski said. “We just didn’t want to trade those guys.”

That hasn’t stopped other clubs from asking – constantly.

“Great. It fell out of the charts,” said M. Dombrowski about the interest in the trio. “We couldn’t turn people away from those names. From an organizational perspective, we just felt like we couldn’t mortgage the future by trading one of those guys.

While Dombrowski believes the organization’s best days are upon us, he fully expects this team to continue to contend for a playoff spot. The Phils fell to Atlanta 13-1 on Tuesday night and are tied 55-48 with St. Louis. But the Phils hold the third and final NL wild-card spot after winning the season series with the St. Louis. The Phils are taking on the rest of Syndergaard’s contract, more than $7 million. USD – and plans to exceed 230 million. USD luxury tax threshold. Owners are desperate to make the playoffs and see what happens with Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola at the top of the rotation. In addition to Tuesday’s trade market improvements, the Phils will be returning their top two hitters in the coming weeks. Jean Segura (broken finger) is expected to come off the injured list Thursday, while Bryce Harper (broken thumb) has started swinging the bat and could return around the end of the month.

As for the roles the new players will play…

Syndergaard will move into the rotation to fill the spot vacated by the injured Zach Eflin. The powerfully built 6-6 right-hander no longer throws 100 mph, but still sits in the mid-90s with a sinker on his fastball.

“We think he can be effective in a five- or six-inning role,” Dombrowski said. “We weren’t looking for the No. 1 guy. 1. We weren’t in that market.”

Dombrowski praised the work of Bailey Falter and Christopher Sanchez. Both saw time for Eflin and remain valuable to the team for depth.

Marsh, 24, is a former second-round pick of the Angels and at one point was the organization’s top prospect. He’s missed consistently and his save rate is high at over 35 percent. in the majors over two seasons. But Marsh is an “excellent defender” at center, to use Dombrowski’s description. He will get the majority of his playing time at the position Matt Vierling holds against lefties.

Both Dombrowski and manager Rob Thomson said the Phillies’ hitting staff, led by hitting coach Kevin Long, spent hours going over Marsh’s left-handed hitting and approach.

“We think we can help him,” Thomson said. “He’s one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball, so that’s an upgrade.”

Robertson, 37, has been one of the best stories in baseball this season. Before 2019 In the offseason, he signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Phillies, but played in just seven games due to an elbow injury that required surgery. in 2020 he didn’t pitch and returned to the big leagues last season, making 12 appearances with Tampa Bay. This season with the Cubs, Robertson has a 2.23 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings. He struck out 11.4 batters per nine innings.

Robertson has been playoff-tested since his time with the Yankees in 2009. On the Yankees team that beat the Phillies in the World Series — and he’s motivated to help the Phillies after their first setback in the city.

“He was very disappointed to be injured,” Thomson said. “I think he felt bad about it, I really do.

The Phillies expect Robertson to be in uniform for Wednesday afternoon’s game in Atlanta. Marsh and Syndergaard, coming from the West Coast, are likely to join the team Thursday in Philadelphia.

As Gene Hackman said Hoosiers, “This is your team.” It’s better than it was a few days ago. Time will tell if that will be good enough to break the postseason drought.

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