National MLB Writers Like Phillies Moves at MLB Trade Deadline
The Philadelphia Phillies made a couple of moves prior to the non-waiver trade deadline that passed Tuesday afternoon and one the week before the deadline.
The Phillies traded for infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, catcher Wilson Ramos, and relief pitcher Aaron Loup prior to the deadline with the last two players being acquired just before the deadline passed.
With these moves, the Phillies caught the attention of a few prominent MLB writers, both of which feel the Phillies did a good job upgrading their offense.
FanCred Sports’ Jon Heyman ranked all of the teams at the deadline, and believes the Phillies had the 17th best deadline of all MLB teams. Heyman liked the way the team addressed its offensive issues by adding Cabrera and Ramos.
"Philadelphia addressed its offensive questions by adding Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilson Ramos (who should return from the DL within a couple weeks) and those two moves should lengthen the lineup. But while Cabrera is a versatile player (and fine hitter), the reality is that he really isn’t a shortstop, which is where he seems to fit them best. The Phillies have appeared to make the call to not fret over a defense that was already less than stellar, which could be an issue. They helped themselves but they didn’t add to the bullpen that needed help or to the starting pitcher depth when some believe the young rotation could run out of gas."
ESPN’s Buster Olney graded the Phillies’ deadline moves as an B+. Olney noted that the Phillies came out well, noting that they have improved their offense.
"Wilson Ramos gives the Phillies enviable catching depth, and he and Jorge Alfaro should be an excellent complementary combination, with Ramos providing more offense and Alfaro more defense. Asdrubal Cabrera is not a good defender at any position, but his versatility defensively and offensively gives the Phillies more layers; he was an excellent addition.