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Phillies trade for Asdrubal Cabrera, send Franklyn Kilome to Mets

Phillies trade for Asdrubal Cabrera, send Franklyn Kilome to Mets

CINCINNATI — The Phillies have acquired the proven infield bat that they have been looking for, picking up veteran Asdrubal Cabrera in a trade Friday with the New York Mets. The Mets got right-handed pitching prospect Franklyn Kilome in the deal.

Cabrera, 32, is a switch-hitter who has been the Mets’ primary second baseman this season. He was hitting .277 with 18 homers, 58 RBIs and an .817 OPS in 98 games.

Cabrera can play second, third and shortstop. He played 45 games at shortstop last season and was the Mets’ regular at the position in 2016.

It was not immediately clear how the Phillies would use Cabrera, but the team was looking to upgrade its offense at shortstop (see story). Scott Kingery has been playing the position. Back in spring training, Kingery was projected to be a wild card off the bench. Playing Cabrera at shortstop would allow the Phillies to use Kingery in that role.

Kilome, 23, had a 4.24 ERA in 19 starts at Double A Reading this season.

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Phillies schedule: Phils-Braves postponed because of inclement weather, doubleheader Sunday

Phillies schedule: Phils-Braves postponed because of inclement weather, doubleheader Sunday

Friday night's series opener between the Phillies and Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park has been rained out.

It was a "quick bang" as they say in the baseball business, no waiting around for the bad weather to clear out. That's part of the health and safety protocol for the COVID-impacted 2020 season. Major League Baseball does not want players and staff sitting around for long periods of time in enclosed areas like a clubhouse.

The postponement will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Game 2 begins 40 minutes after Game 1 ends. The Phillies have 53 games remaining on their schedule and six of them will be played as part of doubleheaders. They already played a doubleheader Wednesday night, splitting with the New York Yankees.

Jake Arrieta will start for the Phillies Saturday against the Braves. Vince Velasquez will start one of the games of the doubleheader Sunday. The starter for the other game is still TBA. The Phils could promote prospect Spencer Howard to make the start. More on that as it becomes available.

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Phillies Talk podcast: Massive early-season Phillies-Braves series on tap

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Phillies Talk podcast: Massive early-season Phillies-Braves series on tap

The Phillies will play 40% of their games against the Braves over the next four days, making this a massive early-season NL East series.

Jim Salisbury and Corey Seidman discuss that and more on the latest Phillies Talk podcast.

• How do Phils and Braves match up in 2020?

• How often can the Phillies' bullpen do what it did in series finale vs. Yankees?

• They're lucky to have Hector Neris.

• Starting pitching has been good so far — particularly Zack Wheeler.

• Phillies quietly Top 6 in on-base percentage and slugging.

• Phillies bound for regression one way or the other.

• Yankees complaints.

• J.T. owes the fans a pizza.

• Will we hear the air horn every game now?

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