5:34 pm: Milwaukee will eventually pick up a trio of young pitchers in the deal, reports Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Right-handers Brandon Ramey, Israel Puello and Juan Geraldo will be the final return. Because they were not included in the Phillies’ 60-man player pool, they are ineligible to be officially named as part of the trade until after the season.
2:30 pm: The Phillies have acquired right-hander David Phelps from the Brewers, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Matt Gelb (Twitter link). Milwaukee will receive three prospects in return, as per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
After missing all of 2018 recovering from Tommy John surgery, Phelps looked good over 34 1/3 innings with the Blue Jays and Cubs last season and has been sensational in 13 innings for Milwaukee this season. Phelps has a 2.77 ERA, 52% grounder rate, 13.8 K/9, and a sterling 10.00 K/BB rate, not to mention some of the best soft-contact numbers of any pitcher in the league.
The deal reunites Phelps with Joe Girardi, who was Phelps’ manager with the Yankees from 2012-14. More importantly, Phelps gives the Phillies another new arm to help revive what has been a dreadful bullpen thus far in the 2020 season. Philadelphia has already acquired Brandon Workman, David Hale, and Heath Hembree in recent days to help address the relief corps, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Phils add another reliever beyond Phelps before the deadline.
Phelps is under control through the 2021 season, as the Phillies hold a $4.5MM club option on his services (with a $250K buyout). With Workman, Jose Alvarez, and Tommy Hunter slated for free agency and David Robertson and Hector Neris likely to have their club options declined, Phelps gives the Phils some extra bullpen depth for 2021 if they choose to exercise his option.