Pittsburgh Pirates Offseason Simulation: Trade with the Phillies

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The final two teams were the Mets and the Phillies.  There was actually a trade worked out with the Mets, but the Phillies countered the Mets offer with exactly what I was looking to acquire.  Furthermore, I was able to work in another trade chip to expand the deal and get major league ready players.  I also included reliever Keone Kela who is entering the final year of team control and will likely be dealt this offseason.

Coming back from the Phillies (Phillies That Balls Outta Here), in this simulated trade are four prospects, three of which could make impacts at the big league level in 2020.  With the Pittsburgh Pirates having such a young core, the deal needed to add players that will align with these core players.  While value was important in the trade, it was also important to get specific positions.  The Phillies gave up exactly what I was looking for in the deal.

All in all, it ended up being a six player trade.  The Phillies are expected to be looking for an impact centerfielder after failing to make the playoffs last year.  They also signed reliever David Robertson to watch him miss the 2019 season and eventually undergo Tommy-John surgery in August which will put him out for most of 2020.  This made Kela an important part of the deal for the Phillies.