Zach Britton Traded and Phillies Miss Out on Another Top Reliever

The three best relievers on the trade market are off the board and the Phillies got neither.

The Orioles are set to trade left-handed closer Zach Britton to the Yankees, according to Fancred's Jon Heyman, further bolstering an already electric Yankees bullpen. Britton joins Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, David Robertson and Chad Green in a 'pen filled with pitchers who could be closers on other teams.

With Brad Hand being traded by the Padres to the Indians last week and Jeurys Familia being dealt from the Mets to the A's, the Phillies have missed out on the three biggest difference-making late-relief options.

That is, unless Reds closer Raisel Iglesias is available. The Phillies head to Cincinnati later this week, after they wrap up with the Dodgers. Cincy is under no real pressure to trade Iglesias but could move him for the right price.

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Miami's Kyle Barraclough is the next-best option after Iglesias.

Other than that, most of the available relievers are mediocre options who wouldn't be much better than what the Phils currently have. You're looking at guys like Tyler Clippard, Ryan Tepera, Seunghwan Oh, Craig Stammen, Kirby Yates, Jake Diekman, Keone Kela and Shane Greene.

One other possible option for the Phillies would be to acquire a starting pitcher - they've been in on J.A. Happ - and to move Nick Pivetta to the bullpen, where his velocity could play up even more than it has in the rotation.

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