The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired RHP David Hale from the New York Yankees in exchange for RHP Addison Russ.
Hale has been with the Yankees multiple times, as the 2009 third rounder of the Braves has signed with the team a whopping five times, and he\’s only pitched in 28 games for the team over three seasons. In a middle relief role last year, Hale found major league success for the first time since 2014, with a 3.11 ERA in 37.2 innings. He was designated for assignment at the end of the season, but made the team this year as a non-roster invitee. Hale pitched well in five outings this year, but he was DFA\’d when Aroldis Chapman returned from the IL. The Phillies bullpen may be the worst in all of baseball, and it is definitely in the bottom five. One of their best relievers this year, Jose Alvarez, will go to the IL after being recently hit by a line drive. Blake Parker is the only other reliever with at least five innings pitched and an ERA under 4.00 this season. The way Hale has pitched since 2019 with the Yankees, he is probably good enough to be the 7th or 8th inning pitcher for the Phillies right now. The Phillies are also reportedly interested in Red Sox relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree.
Hale, 32, has seven strikeouts with a 3.00 ERA and a 2.34 FIP in six innings for the Yankees this year. In his MLB career for the Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins, Hale has a 4.23 ERA with 158 strikeouts and a 4.25 FIP in 236 innings.
The Yankees have a tendency to acquire talent for just about nothing. Although that has mostly been limited to position players, Russ could fit the bill. While at 25 years of age, Russ is way too old for a guy who has never played at the AAA level, he has amazing minor league stats, and he probably could be very close to MLB ready. While he is not on the 40-man roster, Russ will go to the Yankees\’ alternate site.
Russ, 25, was the 19th round pick for the Phillies in 2017. For AA Reading last year, Russ had a 2.54 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 22 saves in 56.2 innings. In his three year minor league career, Russ has a 2.48 ERA with 200 strikeouts and 50 saves in 152.2 innings.