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Phillies trade for two Rangers pitchers

Kyle Gibson trade

The Phillies have traded for two of the Texas Rangers’ pitchers. Starter Kyle Gibson and reliever Ian Kennedy are on their way to Philadelphia in exchange for 25-year-old RHP Spencer Howard and two other prospects.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan tweeted out the news on Friday afternoon.

Gibson has pitched 113 innings in 2021, posting an impressive 2.87 ERA. His win-loss record sits at 6-3 in 19 games started and earned his first All-Star appearance this year. His strikeout numbers are also high, at 94.

Kennedy is a veteran who made his debut for the Yankees all the way back in 2007. This season he has posted a 2.51 ERA in 32.1 innings pitched, collecting 35 strikeouts. With the pedigree to be a long-inning reliever, the Phillies hope this move, along with Gibson, can help them keep pace in the NL East.

Featured Image courtesy of Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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