Report: Phillies Looking at White Sox Closer Colome
The Phillies made a substantial trade with the Seattle Mariners this past offseason, acquiring shortstop Jean Segura and reliever Juan Nicasio in exchange for first baseman Carlos Santana, shortstop J.P Crawford. The trade initially began with a discussion about closer Edwin Diaz, but maybe at times included one other name: Alex Colome. Colome went to the Chicago White Sox in a deal, and the Phillies are now reportedly interested.
The Phillies may be without back-end relievers Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek, and David Robertson all season, and Seranthony Dominguez's season is in doubt.
Colome is currently 3-1 with a 2.27 earned run average. Serving as the White Sox closer, Colome has 21 saves for the club, who is on the up and and up but still in a "rebuilding" phase. The Phillies likely see Colome as a back-end option this season who could carry into next season. Colome has one more year of club control.
The Phillies have gotten a mostly good season from current closer Hector Neris, but Neris has leaked oil some as of late. Neris has a 6.28 earned run average in his last 15 games. Even with Nick Pivetta in the bulklpen and starting to show promise, the Phillies can use the help.
The Phillies have been said to be looking at several starting pitchers over the last few weeks as well.
The 2019 MLB trade deadline is set for 4:00 p.m on Wednesday.