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At The Yard podcast: Reaction to Phillies' trade deadline; Jim Salisbury's favorite stories of deadlines past

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At The Yard podcast: Reaction to Phillies' trade deadline; Jim Salisbury's favorite stories of deadlines past

Jim Salisbury and Corey Seidman react to and analyze the Phillies' trade deadline and Jim shares three crazy stories from deadlines past on this edition of "At The Yard."

• An understandably underwhelming trade deadline for the Phils

• Who loses playing time to make room for Corey Dickerson?

• Does MLB need to change some rules to create more trade deadline action?

• Surprised by the haul the D-backs got for Zack Greinke?

• Why did the Dodgers and Yankees sit on their hands?

• Three crazy stories from Jim of trade deadlines past that illustrate how much the world has changed

• Is David Robertson's career over?

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MLB trade deadline: Two of Phillies' biggest rivals beef up in bullpen

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MLB trade deadline: Two of Phillies' biggest rivals beef up in bullpen

The Nationals, one of the Phillies' biggest rivals, made two moves on trade deadline day to beef up their bullpen.

Washington reportedly acquired right-handed reliever Daniel Hudson from the Blue Jays and left-handed reliever Roenis Elias from the Mariners. Neither player cost the Nats a top prospect.

Elias had been closing lately for the Mariners, saving 14 games and posting a 4.40 ERA in 44 appearances. He's been a swingman throughout his career, starting games and also appearing at the back-end of the bullpen.

Hudson, too, was converted from starter to reliever midway through his 10-year career and this season he's experienced his most success in that role. Hudson has an even 3.00 ERA in 48 innings with 48 strikeouts and just five home runs allowed.

The Nats also acquired right-handed reliever Hunter Strickland from Seattle.

The Nationals' bullpen was a total disaster the first two months of the season and still has the worst ERA in the majors. The two setup men they signed to be the bridge between their elite rotation and elite closer Sean Doolittle were hard-throwing righties Trevor Rosenthal and Kyle Barraclough. 

Rosenthal, who cost the Nationals $7 million, allowed 16 runs and 15 walks in 6⅓ innings before being let go and latching on with the Tigers. 

Barraclough has a 6.66 ERA and was sent to the minors.

Every move the Nationals make is relevant to the Phillies because Washington (57-50) is just a half-game better than the Phillies (56-50). Based on their recent, prolonged surge and the talent level of their roster 1 through 25, the Nationals figure to be one of the two NL wild-card teams. If the Phillies play well enough to claim the other spot, they would likely be facing one of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg or Patrick Corbin in the one-game playoff. Won't be easy.

Braves get better

The Braves reportedly added one of the top available relievers, Tigers closer Shane Greene, along with Mark Melancon from the Giants.

Greene has been excellent this season with a 1.18 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 22 saves in 25 chances.

The Braves have lacked a true lockdown ninth-inning option and Greene is much closer to that than Luke Jackson.

Melancon has a 3.50 ERA this season and 183 career saves.

Roark to the A's

In a separate move, the Athletics reportedly acquired veteran rental starting pitcher Tanner Roark from the Reds. A Roark trade was always seen as likely and became imminent once Cincinnati acquired Trevor Bauer from the Indians late Tuesday night. The Phillies also had some interest in Roark but chose instead to acquire lefty Jason Vargas from the Mets. 

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MLB trade deadline: Phillies acquire Corey Dickerson from Pirates

MLB trade deadline: Phillies acquire Corey Dickerson from Pirates

Update: 3:44 p.m.

The Phillies agreed to a deal with the Pirates shortly before Wednesday's trade deadline to acquire corner outfielder Corey Dickerson, a legitimately good hitter who will help their lineup and will help their bench. The Phillies will send international signing money and a player to be named later to Pittsburgh.

To make room for Dickerson on the 40-man roster, the Phillies designated Dylan Cozens for assignment.

Dickerson, 30, was hitting .317 with a .931 OPS for the Pirates. He had 18 doubles and four homers in just 141 plate appearances.

A left-handed hitter, Dickerson has hit .293 the last three seasons with an .823 OPS. He spent much of this season on the injured list, sidelined by a right shoulder issue.

He's been on fire in the month of July, hitting .328 with a .391 OBP. He's a left-handed hitter who does most of his damage against righties, but 70 percent of starting pitchers are righties so that is the preferable platoon split to have.

Over the last two seasons, Dickerson has slugged .519 against righties, more than 30 points higher than Bryce Harper. His .303 battting average against righties since the start of 2018 is fourth-best in the majors among lefties, behind only Christian Yelich, Michael Brantley and Freddie Freeman.

Dickerson will fit well into the 5- or 6-spot in the Phillies' lineup while Jay Bruce recovers from an oblique strain, and once Bruce returns, either he or Dickerson would become the top bat off the bench. Dickerson is the better and more well-rounded hitter. Regardless of which left-handed hitting corner outfielder sees more reps, it will be an overall improvement to the Phillies' offense. Dickerson could also hit first or second for the Phillies.

The Phillies figure to move Scott Kingery to third base, play Adam Haseley in center field and Dickerson in left and off the bench. Maikel Franco would likely be the odd man out and serve as more of a pinch-hitter.

Dickerson is owed just under $3 million the rest of this season before becoming a free agent.

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