As the MLB trade deadline continues to creep ever closer, players will start being moved left and right. With the Phillies still fighting to stay alive in the uber-competitive NL Wild Card race, Matt Klentak and the rest of the front office should be working those phones 24/7. Right on cue, no more than 48 hours after the Drew Smyly deal was announced (check out my reaction to that move here: Drew Smyly to the Phillies: My Reaction), the Phillies continued to add to their pitching by trading for 28 year old righty Mike Morin. Another low-risk yet potentially high-reward type of move for our Fightin’ Phils.
#Phillies acquire RHP Mike Morin from Twins for cash. To make room on 40-man roster, RHP Seranthony Dominguez transferred to 60-day IL. Morin had a 3.18 ERA in 23 appearances this season. 11 strikeouts, two walks, in 22 2/3 innings. 4.48 ERA in 209 career appearances.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) July 20, 2019
Mike Morin’s career has been a rollercoaster of performances to say the least. Morin entered the league with the Angels in 2014 and posted a very impressive ERA of 2.90. However, in the 4 years after that he was simply atrocious, seeing his ERA climb as high as 7.94 during his spell with the Royals. Despite all this, somewhat randomly, Mike is having a very impressive 2019 campaign. He will join the Phillies rocking an ERA of 3.18 and a WHIP below 1.00, really solid stuff for a guy who’s struggled for so long. In 22.2 innings of work this season with the Twins, he’s allowed just 3 home runs, making him almost an instant upgrade to our bullpen which has been plagued by the long ball. Throw in the fact he’s only walked two batters this entire year, it’s easy to see why the Phillies wanted to take a shot on him.
Morin almost instantly becomes one of our top right-handed options out of the pen. Whether we use him situationally, or commit to giving him a high-pressure role late in games, only time will tell. He’s not going to strike out a ton of batters, but at the same time he isn’t going to be giving up a ton of base-runners. The only casualty of this move is JD Hammer being sent back down to AAA. Most fans were upset by this move, however I think this should only help Hammer. JD has an above average fastball, but his slider lacks the serious “strikeout ability” that he will need to be successful in the big leagues.
— Philly Sports Insider (@phillyinsider99) July 20, 2019
Drew Smyly for free and now Mike Morin for cash considerations, you seeing a trend here? At least in the early stages of this years’ trade deadline season, Klentak appears to be targeting veryyy low cost moves. Taking a shot on guys like Smyly and Morin can only help us when it’s all said and done (it’s hard to imagine them being any worse than our current pitching options). Morin made his debut for the Phils against the Pirates Saturday night, going one inning allowing two doubles and a run, not the greatest start to his career in Philly. Now who else thought we freaking landed Mike Minor from the Rangers when you first saw the notification?! I swear they do this stuff on purpose.
-David Esser via Philly Sports Insider
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