By Peter Marx
The general consensus among the national media is that the Phils hit a trade deadline home run:
Buster Olney, ESPN
They wanted to upgrade defensive shortstop, they did that with Sosa the other day. The pick up Marsh to upgrade their defense in center field. And they pick up a reliever in David Robertson. I love what the Phillies have done.
David Schoenfield, ESPN
The question Phillies fans will ask: Why not the likes of Luis Castillo, Frankie Montas or Tyler Mahle? Simple: The Phillies didn’t have the farm system depth to acquire one of those starters. They understandably weren’t going to trade Mick Abel or Andrew Painter, the two highly regarded pitching prospects taken in the first round in 2020 and 2021. The farm system drops off rapidly after those two, with catcher Logan O’Hoppe going to the Angels for Marsh.
Anyway, the Phillies didn’t give up much here and did add some much-needed rotation depth.
Michael Baumann, The Ringer
The Phillies did pretty well, and didn’t give up any prospects with which they’ll regret parting. But if anything, they lost ground to the Braves and Cardinals. A bigger upgrade in the rotation or center field would’ve been nice. (Could the Phillies have somehow hijacked both ends of the Bader-Montgomery trade? No, of course not, they’re not the Pirates.) Particularly because if the Mariners’ acquisition of Castillo pays off, guess which team will suddenly own the longest playoff drought in MLB?
Bradford Doolittle, ESPN
Robertson not only deepens the Philadelphia bullpen, but he brings it into focus. Now Rob Thomson can line up Corey Knebel, Brad Hand, Jose Alvarado and the vicious Seranthony Dominguez in front of Robertson. And he can stop using Jeurys Familia in high- and medium-leverage spots.
Robertson saved 14 games for the Cubs while compiling a 2.23 ERA and recording 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings. He was perhaps a bit lucky, with a .216 BABIP, but there isn’t much separation between his Statcast-based expected numbers and his actual numbers, so any regression should be soft. The caveat is he’ll join a club with one of baseball’s worst team defenses, which will do no favors for his BABIP.