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Phillies showing interest in Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly

With the MLB trade deadline less than a week away, the Phillies continue to hone in on potential acquisitions. With a need for pitching in the middle of the rotation, the Phillies have reportedly shown interest in Arizona Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly.

The Phillies are reportedly interested in Merrill Kelly. (Barry Stahl)

Per Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Phillies are “among the teams in hot pursuit.”

Kelly could slot into the Phillies rotation as a No. 4 starter. He has a 4.46 ERA and 3.88 FIP in 20 starts with Arizona this season. Much of his value lies in his ability to pitch deeper in games. He has thrown at least five innings in all but two of his starts this season. Vince Velasquez, Matt Moore and Chase Anderson have combined to pitch at least five innings in a start 14 times.

The 32-year-old Kelly also has one of the more interesting career arcs in the game. He was drafted in the eighth round by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010, spent four years in their minor league system and was released before making it to the big league club. He spent the next four years in South Korea with the SK Wyverns of the KBO and was signed by the Diamondbacks to a two-year contract in 2018.

He has a $5.25 million club option with no buyout for 2022.

Kelly’s next scheduled start is Saturday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. They will surely have scouts in attendance as the Phillies have also been connected to names such as Kris Bryant (via The Athletic), Craig Kimbrel, Andrew Chafin and Ryan Tepera (via Jon Heyman).


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  1. Jeff

    July 24, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Why don’t the Phillies try to trade Rhys Hoskins for a good starting pitcher. Hoskins can’t get a hit when it’s really needed. He’s not a dependable hitter, goes into long slumps two or three times a year and his defense sucks too.

  2. s lukash

    July 26, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Seems to me Nola’s best outings, by far, have been daytime starts. Also, with a little more hitting and defense behind him, his w/l would be much better. Is it possible to adjust the rotation to get him in the most favorable situations?

  3. CD

    July 26, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    My trade offer for phillies is with the rockies who have some good young players but are going nowhere this year.
    Phillies get
    1 Trevor Story
    2 Jon Gray sp
    3Garret Hampson 2b/cf
    Rockies get
    1 Didi Gregorious
    2Rafael Marchan (they need a catcher we have JT)
    3Adonis Medina
    4Enyel De Los Santos
    5 Ramon Rosso
    This trade would give the rockies mlb ready players to help over the next couple of seasons, swap shortstops, and give the phillies another starting pitcher more pop in the lineup with Story, and some speed and versatility with Hampson. Who knows inside track on resigning Story let Bryce and JT recruit him

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