Sources: Phillies land Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy in trade with Rangers originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
In a flurry of activity just before Friday's 4 p.m. trade deadline, the Phillies bolstered the back end of their starting rotation, the back end of their bullpen and their bench. They also added a pitching prospect.I
Will it be good enough to help them put together a two-month run and break a nine-year postseason drought?
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The Phillies sent three pitchers, including once golden prospect Spencer Howard, to the Texas Rangers for veteran starter Kyle Gibson, veteran reliever Ian Kennedy and left-handed prospect Hans Crouse.
In addition, the Phillies acquired Freddy Galvis, their one-time starting shortstop, from the Baltimore Orioles for a minor-league pitcher.
Gibson, who is signed through 2022, will immediately take a spot in the starting rotation and is expected to pitch Sunday in Pittsburgh.