By Sam Bush

ESPN’s Jayson Stark is reporting that the Phillies and Pirates are in “serious” talks on a trade that would send left-handed starter Tyler Anderson to Philly.

The potential return isn’t yet clear, though Stark characterizes the prospects being discussed as “second tier” and notes in a second tweet that catching prospect Rafael Marchan is not part of the proposed package.

That’s not exactly surprising, as while Anderson is a solid starter, he’s more the type of arm to stabilize a rotation than to push it to new heights. He’s playing the 2021 season on a one-year, $2.5 million contract and is still owed about $901K of that sum between now and the end of the season.

Anderson, 31, has made 18 starts for the Pirates  this season and pitched at least five innings in all of them.

The Phillies have routinely received short starts from the likes of Chase Anderson, Vince Velasquez and Matt Moore. A reliable source of five to six solid innings per outing is something the club could badly use — particularly with right-hander Zach Eflin currently on the shelf.