MLB rumors: Phillies eyeing RHP Marcus Stroman

Andrew Porter
July 15, 2019 - 10:37 am

The July 31st MLB trade deadline is approaching quickly and the Phillies could certainly use a starting pitcher. 

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According to Toronto Blue Jays reporter Bob Elliott, the Phillies were among a handful of teams in New York to watch Marcus Stroman's start on Sunday vs. the Yankees. The other teams reportedly watching Stroman were the Red Sox, Padres, Braves and Yankees. 

Stroman allowed seven hits and three earned runs in 6.0 innings of work. The Blue Jays ended up losing the game 4-2. 

The 28-year-old right handed all-star pitcher is 5-10 this season with a 3.25 ERA, 3.72 FIP, and 2.59 SO/W in 19 starts. He is currently in the middle of a one-year deal worth $7.4 million. 

After dropping two of three to the Nationals over the weekend, the Phils are 48-45 and 8.5 games back of Atlanta in NL East. They currently have a 0.5 game lead over the Brewers for the second NL wild card. 

It certainly doesn't sound like the Phillies are ready to go all-in this season. 

“We’re in the postseason if the season ended today, but we’re in a one-game playoff," Phillies president Andy MacPhail said on Friday. "For me you have to be more judicious with your playing talent if you think you have a longer haul to get through the postseason. I don’t believe we’re one player away from the World Series.”

Jake Arrieta is currently pitching through a bone spur for the Phillies, which is apparently a pain tolerance issue and does not require surgery immediately. Arrieta allowed four hits and one earned run in 5.0 innings on Sunday for the no decision, in an eventual 4-3 walk off win.