Philadelphia Phillies land Noah Syndergaard and Brandon Marsh
Ricky Gray | August 3, 2022
The Phillies made a few key moves leading up to the trade deadline.
In a trade with the Los Angeles Angels, the Philadelphia Phillies were able to add Noah Syndergaard to their rotation. This is a massive move by the Phillies who needed pitching.
Along with Syndergaard comes veteran reliever David Robertson (via Chicago Cubs) and center fielder Brandon Marsh. For Syndergaard, the Phillies sent minor league outfielders Mickey Moniak and Jadiel Sanchez to the Los Angeles Angels.
The 29-year-old Syndergaard has gone 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA through 15 starts after agreeing to a $21m, one-year deal with Los Angeles in November.
It’s important to note that those losses that Syndergaard is credited with aren’t all necessarily on him. The Angels have been awful this season at the plate and on the mound.
In Philadelphia, Syndergaard should perform much better and is with a team that ranks third in the NL East. With a record of 55-48, the change of scenery should be good for him.
In regard to David Robertson, Cubs Manager David Ross said: “He was a treat to manage. He influenced a lot of guys in a positive way.
“He's very professional. Experience is a big thing in this game. He's been around. He understands.”
Robertson is 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA and 14 saves in 36 appearances this year. Robertson 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.
Marsh might not be too great at the plate right now but he’s lauded for his defensive ability. According to StatCast, Marsh trails only Brett Phillips and Minnesota's Max Kepler among major league outfielders in Outs Above Average.
Marsh commented on the trade stating: “It was a little bit of an eye-opener, but I gotta keep going and so does this organization. It's just part of the business.”
The Phillies also expect superstar batter, Bryce Harper, to return by the end of the season, just before the playoffs.