CHICAGO — The Philadelphia Phillies acquired right-hander Noah Syndergaard, veteran reliever David Robertson and center fielder Brandon Marsh in three trades on Tuesday.
The Phillies sent minor league outfielders Mickey Moniak and Jadiel Sanchez to the Los Angeles Angels for Syndergaard, who returns to the NL East after spending his first six seasons with the New York Mets.
Syndergaard, 29, was 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA in 15 starts after agreeing to a one-year, $21 million deal with Los Angeles in November.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to play games for a team that’s in the hunt for the playoffs,” Syndergaard said at the Angels clubhouse after being told of the trade. “It’s going to be an exciting race. I won’t be able to avoid the New York Mets media now.”
Moniak is getting a fresh start with a new organization after being selected by Philadelphia with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 Entry Draft. Moniak, 24, is a .129 hitter in 47 career games.
Philadelphia sent minor league pitcher Ben Brown to the Chicago Cubs for Robertson, 37, one of the best relievers on the market before the trade deadline. The Phillies got Marsh from the Angels in exchange for the hope of catching Logan O’Hoppe.
Philadelphia is vying for one of the National League’s three wild cards. He hasn’t made the playoffs since 2011.
The widely traveled Robertson also played for the Phillies in 2019, making seven appearances before being sidelined with an elbow injury that required surgery. He didn’t return to the majors until he pitched 12 games with Tampa Bay in 2021.
Robertson is 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA and 14 saves in 36 appearances this year. The right-hander finalized a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Cubs on March 16.
“He was a treat to deal with. He influenced a lot of guys in a positive way,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “He’s very professional. Experience is an important element in this game. He’s been around. He understands.”
Robertson made his major league debut in 2008 and spent his first seven seasons with the New York Yankees, winning the World Series in 2009. He has 151 saves and a 2.89 ERA in 709 career appearances.
Brown, 22, was selected by the Phillies in the 33rd round of the 2017 entry draft. The right-hander was 3-5 with a 3.08 ERA in 16 appearances with High-A Jersey Shore this year, including 15 departures.
Marsh is a 24-year-old who hits left and throws right with projection of speed and power. He ranked as one of Los Angeles’ top prospects before making his major league debut last season, but struggled in the majors. He is a .239 hitter in 163 games with 10 home runs, 14 stolen bases and a .653 OPS.
His defense is well regarded, and it’s an area that Philadelphia badly needed to improve. Marsh trails only Minnesota’s Brett Phillips and Max Kepler among major league outfielders in Outs Above Average, according to Statcast.
“It was a bit of an eye opener for me, but I have to keep going, and so has this organization. It’s part of the business,” Marsh said.
The Phillies remained in playoff contention despite losing 2021 NL MVP Bryce Harper to a broken thumb on June 25. He should start swinging a bat soon and should return before the end of the season.
Philadelphia also designated veteran outfielder Odúbel Herrera and reliever Jeurys Familia for assignment. The move could end Herrera’s eight-year tenure with the team that included a lengthy ban under Major League Baseball’s joint domestic violence policy.
O’Hoppe, 22, has become one of the majors’ hottest prospects. He was batting .275 with 15 home runs and 45 RBIs in 75 games with Double-A Reading.
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