Tonight, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves kick-off a four game series at Citizens Bank Park.
On Monday, after the series concludes, both teams could have different rosters.
Both organizations have been highly active on the trade market.
Earlier this week, Atlanta acquired the 19-year-old pitcher, Huascar Ynoa, after sending starter, Jaime Garcia to Minnesota.
Yesterday, our own Ryan Kim reported that the Phillies sent reliever, Pat Neshek to the Colorado in exchange for three young prospects.
Furthermore, many are speculating as to whether or not the Phillies and Braves will work out a deal prior to the trade deadline on Monday at 4 p.m.
Jeremy Hellickson of the Phillies and Julio Teheran of the Braves are both set to start in tonight’s series opener.
In addition, both players have been at the forefront of recent trade rumors.
So far this season, Hellickson has earned himself an ERA of 4.73 and a WHIP of 1.26 in 20 starts.
The Phillies currently have Hellickson signed to a one-year deal worth $17.2 million.
In his last start, he was hit hard and gave up six runs on seven hits in just five innings against the Milwaukee Brewers.
In regards to Teheran, his trade value might be higher than Hellickson’s, simply due to his recent success.
In the month of July, Teheran has earned himself an ERA of 2.45 with 24 strikeouts in less than 26 innings.
The Braves currently have Teheran signed to a six-year, $32.4 million deal.
“What we’re trying to do is build something for the long-term,” Braves general manager John Coppolella told the Marietta Daily Journal earlier this month. “We weren’t predicted to win the division or even go .500. It’s good to see how well our players have played. To be somewhat ahead of schedule is a great thing for the Braves and our fans.”
At 35-64, the Phillies have unmistakably turned 2017 into yet another rebuilding year.
Now, it’s obvious that after being named as an All-Star with a 1.12 ERA in 43 appearances, Neshek was the Phillies’ biggest trading chip.
However, Hellickson and veteran outfielder Howie Kendrick could be the next players to be dealt elsewhere.
“Pat was the most targeted player we had, so this is the one I would’ve told you was likely,” Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said after the Neshek trade. “We’ll have to see (about more trades). I don’t want to handicap it, but we’ve received some calls for some of our other players — some more serious than others.”
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