TRADE TALK: NATS ARE NIBBLING AT PHILLIES’ PAT NESHEK!

By Sam Bush

There aren’t many Phillies that playoffs contenders might be interested in for trade purposes, but:

The Washington Nationals have shown interest in Phillies righty Pat Neshek, reports FOX’s Ken Rosenthal. Other clubs are interested in the veteran setup man as well, he notes, which comes as little surprise given Neshek’s affordable salary and strong work thus far in 2017.

The 36-year-old Neshek has been lights out for the Phillies since being acquired in an offseason swap with Houston. Through 28 innings out of manager Pete Mackanin’s bullpen, the side-armer has worked to a minuscule 0.64 ERA with 8.0 K/9, 1.3 BB/9 and a 36.8 percent ground-ball rate.

Though he’s had issues against left-handed batters in recent years, Neshek has held them to a mere .163/.205/.244 slash through an admittedly small sample of 45 batters faced in 2017. He’s had some good fortune on balls in play against lefties, but he’s also significantly dipped his walk rate against hitters that hold the platoon advantage.

Neshek is earning $6.5MM in 2017, and he’s still owed roughly $3.6MM of that sum through season’s end.

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