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Phillies trade Pat Neshek to the Colorado Rockies

28 July 2017

Phillies acquired RHP Alejandro Requena, RHP J.D. Hammer and INF Jose Gomez from the Rockies for RHP Pat Neshek.

This is an incredible deal for the Rockies who were able to acquire a reliever who can immediately step into the back of their bullpen without giving up anything close to any of their top prospects.

Neshek has gotten back to his stingy ways in 2017 of not allowing runs, ending his tenure with the Phillies with a 1.12 ERA over his 43 appearances. He was the Phillies lone representative in the All Star game earlier this month.

"It's bittersweet because I love the guys in here", Neshek said, as reported by Matt Gelb and Matt Breen at Philly.com. "You jump right into a playoff race". "It's a great team with a great offense". I don't know the exact standings, but I know they're in the wild card right now.

Klentak said he could not handicap the odds of the Phillies striking another trade.

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Neshek was one of the players the Phillies expected to trade before Monday's nonwaiver deadline. We've received calls on some of our other players, some more serious than others. I thought it was going to go until the last day.

Originally selected by Minnesota in the sixth round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Neshek has pitched in four postseason campaigns with Minnesota (2006), Oakland (2012), St. Louis (2014) and Houston (2015), and is 0-2 with a 2.61 (10.1 IP, 3 ER) in 13 postseason appearances.

Between both Lancaster and Asheville, J.D. Hammer (such a great name) has 13 saves in 14 opportunities, with a 2.36 ERA, 42 innings pitched, and has limited opposing batters to a.182 average with no home runs. They obviously have more ground to cover before they reach the big leagues but we like all three of these guys for a variety of reasons. Gomez, ranked 21st in the Rockies' system, is batting.324 (leading the South Atlantic League) and has 33 RBI and 18 stolen bases on the year. "I think it's a very balanced trade". We got a young starter, a young reliever, and a young shortstop that can do a lot of things that we like. Neshek's release is more explosive than other sidearm pitchers, and as a result he can throw harder than most of his peers with similar deliveries.

"We'll be working as hard as we can to see what's out there", Klentak said. Health will be a factor.

Phillies trade Pat Neshek to the Colorado Rockies