The Philadelphia Phillies, who currently hold the NL’s final wild-card spot, made three trades on Tuesday to try to make sure they remain there for the rest of the season.
The Phillies acquired right-handed starter Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Brandon Marsh from the Los Angeles Angels and closer David Robertson from the Chicago Cubs.
The Angels received minor league outfielders Mickey Moniak and Jadiel Sanchez from the Phillies in exchange for Syndergaard and minor league catcher Logan O’Hoppe in exchange for Marsh in separate trades, while the Cubs received minor league pitcher Ben Brown for Robertson.
The Phillies announced that struggling reliever Jeurys Familia and outfielder Odubel Herrera were designated for assignment in corresponding moves.
Syndergaard, 29, is 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA in 15 starts for the Angels this season, his first with the team after signing a one-year contract as a free agent in the offseason.
Robertson, 37, is in the midst of a resurgent year. He has given up just 23 hits in 40⅓ innings while accumulating 14 saves and a 2.23 ERA for the well-below-.500 Cubs. He has closing and setup experience, so the Phillies can use him in either role.
Marsh will likely take over in center field for the Phillies, who have been searching for an answer to the position for most of the season.
Marsh, 24, is hitting .226 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs this season.
Robertson previously pitched for the Phillies in 2019, when he had a 0-1 record and 5.40 ERA in 6⅔ innings pitched before injuring his elbow.
The 24-year-old Moniak, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2016 draft, hit .130 with two homers and 19 RBIs in 18 games in the majors this season and .310 with six home runs and 16 RBIs at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Sanchez, 21, is hitting .239 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in two stops in the Phillies’ minor league system this season.
O’Hoppe, 22, is hitting .269 with 15 home runs and 45 RBIs at Double-A Reading this season.
Brown, 22, is 3-5 with a 3.08 ERA in 16 appearances (15 starts) for High-A Jersey Shore.
The 32-year-old Familia, signed by the Phillies in the offseason, has a 6.09 ERA in 34 innings pitched this season. Herrera, meanwhile, is hitting .238 with five home runs and 21 RBIs this season.
The Phillies (55-47) currently hold the NL’s final wild-card spot with a one-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals.
ESPN’s Jesse Rogers contributed to this report.