The Phillies are getting in on the action.
Amidst a chaotic MLB trade deadline day, Philadelphia has made two splashes in acquiring outfielder Brandon Marsh from the Angels and now, adding bullpen depth in getting right-hander David Robertson from the Cubs.
The veteran reliever is familiar with the Phillies, having played for the organization just three seasons ago in 2019.
What will he bring to Philadelphia and what did the Phillies give up to get him? The Sporting News has you covered with trade details below.
RHP David Robertson
RHP Ben Brown
What this means for the Phillies
The Phillies have struggled to shore up the back end of their bullpen all season, rotating late innings between Corey Knebel, Seranthony Dominguez, Brad Hand and Jose Alvarado.
While Dominguez and Hand have been solid as of late, Robertson has been a steadying presence in the Cubs’ closer role all season. The 37-year-old owns a 3.51 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 51 strikeouts over 40.1 innings pitched on the year. He was 14-for-19 on save opportunities in Chicago and while it’s unclear if he’ll take over the closer role in Philadelphia, he’ll certainly add a reliable arm to a team looking to make the playoffs.
The Phillies are 10 games back in the NL East, unlikely to catch the Mets or the Braves, but they hold the third NL wild card spot with a slight one-game cushion over the Cardinals entering Tuesday’s games.
With Robertson adding bullpen depth and Marsh giving them a quality outfielder at the trade deadline, the Phillies have addressed a few areas of need heading into the home stretch of the season.
What this means for the Cubs
This is a harmless deal for the Cubs, who are already far removed from playoff contention. Robertson, 37, was set to become a free agent this offseason anyway, so Chicago moved off of him for the No. 26-ranked prospect in Philadelphia’s farm system in Brown.
The 6-foot-6 righty is coming off of his first fully healthy season in High-A after recovering from Tommy John surgery in 2019.
In 73 innings pitched, the 22-year-old tallied 105 strikeouts with a 3.70 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.