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Phillies acquire hard-throwing reliever in trade with Giants


The Philadelphia Phillies announced Saturday afternoon that they’ve acquired 28-year-old reliever Sam Coonrod from the San Francisco Giants.

Citizens Bank Park has been home to the Phillies since 2004. (Tim Kelly/Phillies Nation)

Coonrod has a 5.74 ERA and 5.07 FIP in 51 career appearances at the major league level, so there must be something that the Phillies see in the former fifth-round pick that makes them believe his results will get dramatically better.

In their defense, Coonrod’s average fastball velocity in 2020 was 98.7 mph, and he also has a sinker, changeup, slider and curveball in a deep arsenal of pitches.

Given the undeniable intersection between sports and the fight for social justice, it would be malpractice not to mention that Coonrod expressed hesitancy about embracing the Black Lives Matter movement last July.

In return, the Phillies will send 22-year-old righty Carson Ragsdale, who they selected in the fourth round of the 2020 MLB Draft, to the Giants. With no minor league season, Ragsdale never actually pitched a game in the Phillies system after being selected in June’s draft. Phillies Nation‘s Destiny Lugardo wrote an in-depth piece on Ragsdale last summer.

In past seasons, the Phillies have lacked juice in their bullpen. Thus far, new president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has seemingly attempted to fix that problem, as the trade to bring Coonrod to Philadelphia follows up a prior deal where the Phillies netted lefty José Alvarado.

Considering a historically-bad bullpen likely kept them from reaching the postseason in 2020, Dombrowski and general manager Sam Fuld can hardly be done in turning over the bullpen. Ideally, they’ll had one or two options this offseason that are a bit more of sure things. But these two trades could be a start. Let’s face it, there’s nowhere to go but up.

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  1. Hawkeye

    January 10, 2021 at 10:14 am

    “Given the undeniable intersection between sports and the fight for social justice, it would be malpractice not to mention that Coonrod expressed hesitancy about embracing the Black Lives Matter movement.”

    Does Tim Kelly have a clue what he’s writing about? Coonrod said he wouldn’t kneel for BLM because he only takes a knee for the Lord… It was a religious stance not a political one. Is that ok with the liberals like Mr. Kelly or must we now supplement social issues over religious beliefs?

  2. Wbramh

    January 10, 2021 at 10:54 am

    The Mets may have landed Lindor and Carrasco, but the Phillies are letting Realmuto walk so they can make room for the great Coonrod. Smells like a Pennant in Philadelphia this October.

  3. RaNday

    January 11, 2021 at 11:43 am

    May I say tolerance is a two way street. Coonrod was truthful. Listen and show respect. I also believe that all lives matter. I have two sons who are police persons. It matters to me when BLM protesters make dangerous comments about cops. We need to show respect to all people. There is racial differences that need solutions because all people should be respected and valued. Mr. Coonrod is a baseball player and it appears a believer is Jesus Christ. That’s a good place to begin healing our differences.

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