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Phillies trade for P Tyler Anderson but deal hits a snag

The Morning Call
The Morning Call
 2021-07-27

With the clock ticking on the 2021 MLB trade deadline, the Phillies made a deal Tuesday afternoon to acquire starter Tyler Anderson from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

But that deal has reportedly hit a snag.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Phillies sent Clearwater pitcher Cristian Hernandez and catcher Adrian Gutierrez to Pittsburgh, but his MLB Network colleague Ken Rosenthal later tweeted the deal is on hold because of a presumed medical issue with either Hernandez or Gutierrez.

With Zach Eflin on IL and Spencer Howard, Matt Moore and Vince Velasquez battling inconsistency all season, the Phillies desperately need help both in the rotation and the bullpen.

Anderson, 31, is 5-8 with a 4.35 earned-run average over 18 starts for the last-place Pirates this season.

The Phillies have also been linked to star closer Craig Kimbrel, who would dramatically improve the bullpen if acquired, but the price is high, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury.

The Phillies are aiming for another victory over Washington tonight following Monday’s walk-off heroics by Andrew McCutchen.

Moore got the start on the mound, with Ronald Torreyes at third base in place of Alec Bohm. Washington sent Erick Fedde to the mound.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Phillies activated reliever J.D. Hammer from the COVID-IL and sent Mickey Moniak back to Lehigh Valley.

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