The Athletic’s Jim Bowden gives Phils deadline day a B+

Acquired RHP Brandon Workman (above) and RHP Heath Hembree from the Red Sox in exchange for RHP Nick Pivetta and RHP Connor Seabold; Traded LHP Austin Davis to the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash; Acquired RHP David Hale from Yankees in exchange for RHP Addison Russ; Acquired RHP David Phelps from Brewers in exchange for RHP Brandon Ramey, RHP Israel Puello and RHP Juan Geraldo.

The Phillies did an excellent job of improving their major-league bullpen at the deadline by adding veterans Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Red Sox and then turning to the Brewers to acquire David Phelps, who was having a great season for them.


Phelps appeared in 12 games this year for Milwaukee with an impressive 2.77 ERA.

Both Workman and Hembree were having down years with the Red Sox, but there’s no reason to believe they won’t turn things around down the stretch.

Remember, Workman was one of the top 10 relievers in baseball last year with a 1.88 ERA in 73 appearances and Hembree had a 3.86 ERA in his 45 games with them.

The Phillies might have made just enough moves to make the expanded playoffs thanks to the added bullpen depth.