2:37pm: The deal has been announced by the Phillies. They’ve designated infielder Trevor Plouffe for assignment to open space on the roster.
2:21pm: The Blue Jays have traded left-handed reliever Aaron Loup to the Phillies for a prospect, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet (via Twitter). Pitching prospect Jacob Waguespack is headed back to the Blue Jays in return, tweets Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.
The acquisition of Loup represents the third proven veteran pickup in recent days for the Phillies, who lead the NL East by half a game and have also landed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and catcher Wilson Ramos leading up to the trade deadline. On paper, Loup isn’t as exciting an addition as those two, though the 30-year-old has typically performed well since debuting with Toronto in 2012. This season hasn’t gone all that well for Loup, however, as he has recorded a 4.54 ERA and his second-lowest groundball rate (a still-respectable 46.7 percent) in 35 2/3 innings. On the other hand, Loup has posted 10.6 K/9 against 3.28 BB/9, logged personal-high percent swinging-strike (12.3) and infield fly percentages (12.1), and registered a 3.61 FIP.
Loup may prove to be a worthy add for the Phillies, whose bullpen ranks 18th in the majors in ERA and a much better ninth in fWAR. Regardless, he’s a pending free agent on a cheap salary ($1,812,500), making him a logical player for the out-of-c0ntention Jays to sell. As you’d expect, though, Loup didn’t carry a ton of trade value, and Toronto wasn’t able to acquire one of MLB.com’s 30 best Phillies prospects in return. Instead, they landed Waguepsack, a 37th-round pick in 2012 who has seen his first Triple-A action this season. The 24-year-old was a mixed bag as a member of the Lehigh Valley club, with which he put together a 5.06 ERA/3.66 FIP with 8.1 K/9, 3.38 BB/9 and a 51.9 percent grounder rate in 53 1/3 innings (14 appearances, eight starts).
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this team can fit many LÖÖP brother.
Why why why why why why why why Phillies why this guy sucks how is he an upgrade
As a Jay’s fan I can tell you hes very effective (usually) vs LH batters
However vs RH batters…..
Just turn the game off if he pitches to a righty
You’ll thank me later
Nice job Klentak
The stove is warm folks
It’s so hard being a Phillies fan sometimes I swear. This guys is so ass why would they go out of their way to trade for him. shoulda went after Diekman
Loup is good against lefties, he just cant pitch against righties… hes an upgrade over Morgan
Nah loup blows there are so many better guys that were affordable.
briansaglimben15: “This guys is so ass why would they go out of their way to trade for him”
I legit laughed so hard at this..
Does strike out some….horrible WHIP!! Not much of an up-grade.
I guess you can pitch much better than him right? Stop acting like an ass ok! Obviously he’s better than what we had in Adam Morgan ok. I guess your the official critic for the Phillies trades and acquisitions team right??? Maybe they can give you a position as the moron of the team….the Phanatic needs a good side kick to beat up on. LMAO!!!!
I just have to know what Klentak and his front office group were thinking when they all agreed it would be a good idea to trade for this pile of trash
Trying to win a pennant race not lose it
Did he bang your wife?
Perhaps Loup is the best guy they could get for this prospect capital.
I am happy for the Jays.finally getting a good pitching talent back.
For Philly fans Loup is good against lefties and he won’t be a clubhouse problem.
Every Phillies fan hating on loup … relax, he is an effective 6 or 7th inning pitcher against lefties, his last 2 years have been decent
Stop he sucks
Era is over 4.5 this year that’s ass cheeks
Is the prospect any good?
No, strictly inventory. Bounced back and forth between AA and AAA, and the rotation and the bullpen. 24 years old, and waaaaay down on the depth chart. Was set to be a minor league free agent at the end of the year because there was no way he was going on the 40-man roster. Might have a shot in a weaker system like Toronto’s, though.
If used properly, Philly will be glad they traded for Loup.
Loup is generally pretty awful. How he has even manged to keep his job with the Jays the last 3 years is remarkable. Had the Jays not shipped out like 10 LHP a few deadlines ago he would not have a job.
Though on occasion when Loup gets locked in he is good but he also is really bad at times which makes him overall generally not great.
Hey you guys remember Scott Eyre right? ERA of 7.16 before coming to Philly…1.88 after. You have no idea what this guy is going to do.
I have a very good idea of what Loup is gonna do. Absolute squat
I’m not sad to see him go but it’s correct, if used right, he’ll be good. He should strictly be used as a loogy though
In 2008, the Phils picked up a lefty named Scott Eyre from Chicago with an ERA over 7. They used him almost exclusively against lefties and his Philly ERA was 1.88. I was never a fan of having bullpen arms to face just one side of the plate, but the stats and a world series title speak for themselves. Its a smart move
Aaron Loup is just garbage I wanted them to go after Yates or Diekman. Anyone else instead of Loup
Was so pumped to see be Phils get Ramos and then my moped was instantly killed when I saw that got Aaron Loup
First of all idiot learn to spell and use correct grammar! Loup will be just fine ok….just because he had stats like that for Toronto doesn’t mean he will have those same stats for us jerkweed! A lot of players play differently for different teams….case in point in 2008, Scott Eyre had a HORRIBLE ERA before we acquired him and he ended up being our top left handed arm coming out of the bullpen and played a big role in us going to World Series and he even pitched well for us in 2009 as well having a sub 2.00 ERA that year again, his last year!
JC Romero was the top LHP in the pen that year. Eyre was really good though I don’t believe he pitched in postseason.
Im cool with this to an extent. Gave up nothing.
A cardboard cutout would be more effective than Morgan. So done with that guy. I thought he took a big step forward last year but that has been wiped out. Can’t throw strikes that won’t be smashed.
Let me get this straight. They DFA’s Zac Curtis to make room for Ramos, then traded for essentially the same pitcher.