Phillies bolster staff by adding Texas' Kyle Gibson, Ian Kennedy at trade deadline

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By , SportsRadio 94WIP

The Phillies have acquired starting pitcher Kyle Gibson and relief pitcher Ian Kennedy from the Rangers, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, right before the 4pm trade deadline today.

Spencer Howard and two other Phillies prospects are headed to Texas, per Jeff Passan.

Kennedy, 36, has a 2.51 ERA and 16 saves in 32.1 innings pitched this season. He is currently playing on a one-year deal worth $2.15 million.

Gibson, 33, is 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts this season. Gibson has a base salary of $10 million for 2021 and $7 million for 2022, before becoming an unrestricted free-agent, per spotrac.com.

Also in the NL East, the Mets acquired Cubs SS Javier Baez, while Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel went to the White Sox.

NBCSportsPhiladelphia's Jim Salisbury reports that the Phils were very interested in Kimbrel, but the starting price was Mick Abel, which was too much.

The move certainly bolsters Philadelphia's starting rotation and bullpen, but not without paying the price in Howard, a 25-year-old pitching prospect with upside.

The Phillies are currently 51-51, 3.5 games behind the Mets in the NL East.

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