Phillies trade All-Star Pat Neshek, cash to Rockies for 3 minor leaguers


The Phillies have officially dipped into the trade waters.

The team on Wednesday night traded reliever Pat Neshek and cash to the Colorado Rockies for shortstop Jose Gomez and right-handed pitchers Alejandro Requena and J.D. Hammer.

Neshek was the Phils' lone All-Star this season as he pitched 40 1/3 innings and posted a 1.12 ERA, second best in baseball among relievers with 18 or more innings pitched. At one point, Neshek had an 18-inning scoreless streak over 19 appearances.

The 36-year-old with the unconventional delivery was acquired by the Phillies last November in a trade with the Astros. He thrived over his four months in Philadelphia, posting a 0.82 WHIP while allowing just five earned runs to go with 45 strikeouts to five walks.

Despite the Phillies' majors-worst 35-64 record, Neshek said the trade was "bittersweet" because of how much he enjoyed playing for the organization. General manager Matt Klentak called Neshek a "true professional" and said the right-hander had been the Phillies' "most targeted player" with MLB's July 31 non-waiver trade deadline nearing.

Meanwhile, all three prospects acquired by the Phillies had played with Colorado's Low A affiliate Asheville in 2017.

Gomez, 20, is slashing .324/.374/.437 with four homers, 33 RBIs, 54 runs and 18 stolen bases in 81 games this season. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder from Venezuela was the 21st-ranked prospect in the Rockies' farm system by, and is a shortstop that can play third and second base, as well.

Requena is a 20-year-old righty who is 8-3 this season with a 2.85 ERA in 19 starts. Requena, also from Venezuela, is 6-foot-2, 200 pounds. He's thrown 117 innings in 2017, striking out 97 and walking 25, while holding opponents to a .239 batting average.

Hammer, a 24th-round draft pick in 2016, turned 23 years old this month. The right-hander started the season with Low A Asheville before being promoted to High A Lancaster in late June. Overall in 2017, Hammer is 4-2 with a 2.36 ERA and 13 saves in 36 games, all relief appearances. He has an impressive 65 strikeouts and .182 opponents' batting average in 42 innings.

"We like all three of these guys for a variety of reasons," Klentak said (see story). "I think it's a very balanced trade. We got a young starter, a young reliever and a young shortstop that do a lot of things that we like. ... We do think highly of these guys."

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