Phillies Trade Spencer Howard to Rangers for Kyle Gibson, Ian Kennedy

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?

We're about to find out.

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.

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