Rockies trade trio of minor leaguers for Phillies All-Star Pat Neshek

Ross Houston
July 27, 2017

The sidearm-style pitcher was acquired by Philadelphia via trade from Houston on November 4, and is on the final year of a three-year contract that he signed with Houston in December 2014.

The Philadelphia Phillies pulled off a pretty impressive trade Wednesday evening, acquiring three minor league prospects from the Colorado Rockies for veteran reliever Pat Neshek. Add in 20 doubles, 33 RBIs, 18 stolen bases, and four homeruns, and it appears like the Philadelphia Phillies might have found a diamond in the rough.

Requena was 8-3 with a 2.85 ERA in 19 starts for low-A Asheville this season.

The 36-year-old was sent to the Phillies by Houston in last year's offseason.

Through 40.1 total innings, he has a 0.82 WHIP and has struck out 45 batters, allowing runs in two innings all season.

Neshek has held the opposition scoreless in 41 of his 43 appearances for the Phillies, earning his second career All-Star selection. Between Asheville and High-A Lancaster this season, the right-hander owns a 2.36 ERA with a 65/14 K/BB r atio over 42 innings of relief. "You're jumping into a playoff race".

"It's also bittersweet. I enjoyed my time here".

"We're excited about all three of the kids that we got", Klentak said. I thought it was going to go until the last day. He'll help bolster the 58-44 Rockies' bullpen as they vie for one of the two Wild Card slots realistically, and hope to overcome the Dodgers' 12.5-game lead in the NL West. "It's probably one of my favorite places that I've been and I would love to come back". (The Rockies) are a great team, great offense.

Neshek will be a free agent following this season and will be owed what is left of his $6.5M contract.

Meanwhile, Hammer, a short reliever, has had a breakout season for Asheville, where he is a tick above the league average in terms of pitcher age.

As far as future trades, the Phillies may have limited opportunities now before Monday's 4 p.m. deadline.

And Howie Kendrick suffered a bruised hand after being hit by a pitch Wednesday night. We'll have to see how he comes back from that. We've received calls on some of our other players, some more serious than others.

"I don't want to handicap it", Klentak said of the chance of making more deals. "This is the one that we could have told you was likely". Health will be a factor.

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