Tyler Anderson Trade to Phillies Falls Through

The rumors are flying, so here’s a place to discuss them.  The Phillies and Blue Jays are supposedly in a bidding war for Richard Rodriguez.  The Phillies talks are thought to involve 22-year-old catcher Rafael Marchan.  In 250 minor league games, he has a .659 OPS and no home runs, so he seems like a good fit.  There’s plenty of interest in Tyler Anderson, who’s scheduled to start tonight.

This will be updated if there’s further news.

UPDATE 3:44 PM: The Pirates are close to trading Tyler Anderson to the Phillis, per Robert Murray.

Jayson Stark says he could be dealt for two second-tier prospects.

UPDATE 3:49 PM: Anderson has been scratched from his start tonight. Mike Persak also reports that the Pirates will be activating Rodolfo Castro and Cody Ponce tonight.

UPDATE 4:07 PM: Jason Mackey reports that the Pirates have traded Anderson to the Phillies for Cristian Hernandez and Abrahan Gutierrez.

Hernandez is a 20-year-old right-handed pitcher, turning 21 at the end of September. He’s been pitching in Low-A this year as a starter, with a 3.49 ERA in 56.2 innings, and a 74:22 K/BB ratio. Baseball America released their updated Phillies top 30 list today, ranking Hernandez 25th in the system. He sits 93-94 MPH with his fastball, along with a plus curve, and a changeup and slider which are average, along with average command.

Gutierrez is a 21-year-old catcher in Low-A, repeating the same level he was at in 2019. His numbers are much better this time around, with a .285/.418/.424 line in 213 plate appearances. He’s seen a noticeable jump in his power production and his walk rate, while cutting down on strikeouts. That’s especially notable since the Phillies’ A-ball affiliate transferred to a more pitcher friendly atmosphere in Florida. Gutierrez was rated 27th by BA.

UPDATE 6:05 PM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is being held up due to an issue with one of the players coming back to Pittsburgh.

UPDATE 11:59 PM: Jeff Passan and Ken Rosenthal are both reporting that Anderson has been dealt to Seattle, pending physicals.  We’ll have details in a new post.