Philadelphia Phillies strengthen field in trade with New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox


BALTIMORE – The Philadelphia Phillies quickly passed the trade deadline, moving to fortify their ineffective enclosure by acquiring relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree des Red Sox de Boston.Philadelphia has also received money and will either receive more money or a nominee from the Red Sox, who have secured right-handed players Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold. Earlier Friday, the Phillies acquired a right-handed reliever David Hale of the New York Yankees, firing right-wing relief prospect Addison Russ.

The Phillies relievers arrived on Friday with a combined 8.07 ERA this season, the majors’ worst with nearly two points.

“We love Pivetta and Seabold, but you have to give something to get something,” Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said. “The bullpen was our area to deal with. These guys (that we acquired) have been in big games before, big markets, pennant races. I still believe a lot of the guys in our pen are better than they showed.

The trade with Boston took place Friday night as the Red Sox played in Baltimore and the Phillies in Atlanta. The deadline to reach a deal in this season cut short by a pandemic is August 31.

Workman entered Friday night’s game with four saves in four tries and a 2.25 ERA in stoppage situations, while Hembree is 2-0 with a 5.59 ERA in 11 games. Both came out of the Boston relieving pen for the Red Sox, 2018 World Series champions.

“They are warriors, they are world champions, they are great teammates,” said Red Sox general manager Chaim Bloom. “We really appreciate everything they’ve done.

Hale appeared in 95 games in six seasons with the Braves, Rockies and Yankees. He’s allowed two earned runs and saved in six innings this season. He was nominated for an assignment on Monday when the All-Star moved closer Aroldis Chapman returned from the list of injured COVID-19.

Hale was to be available in the bullpen on Saturday.

Boston is in last place in the AL East and is looking to rebuild. The struggling Red Sox are desperate to start helping and looking ahead already, trying to get something out of this shortened COVID-19 season by leveraging some solid assets from the reliever pen for what is essentially a reconstruction of the rotation.

Pivetta, 27, made 71 major league starts and compiled a 5.42 ERA in the role.

“We have a chance to help him reach a level that he doesn’t have in his career despite good things,” Bloom said.

Seabold, 24, posted a 2.56 ERA in 12 appearances (11 starts) last season across three minor league levels, including Double-A, but his season was cut short by an oblique injury.

Philadelphia also placed the left-hander Jose Alvarez on the list of injured at 10 days Friday with a testicular contusion and recalled left-handed Jojo romero from the team’s alternate site.


AP Sports writers Rob Maaddi and Jimmy Golen contributed.


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