RHPs Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy
These two former Texas Rangers right-handers have had two different sets of results since arriving in Philadelphia
The other major trade the Texas Rangers made at the deadline involved sending RHPs Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy as well as prospect Hans Crouse in a package to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for RHP Spencer Howard and prospects Kevin Gowdy and Josh Gessner.
Howard, who looked promising but ultimately struggled in his Rangers debut Thursday, is the key piece of that deal for Texas, who hopes to unlock his former top prospect potential for the future.
But for the Phillies, the trade on their end has been up and down.
We’ll start with Kyle Gibson, who has been fantastic for the Phils in two starts so far, with a 2.13 ERA, including a huge win in a start Friday night in Philadelphia with first place on the line against the New York Mets.
That’s what these players live for.
Ian Kennedy, meanwhile, has struggled in Philadelphia so far, with a 10.38 ERA, though he does have two saves in two total opportunities. He hasn’t been quite as lockdown as he was for the Texas Rangers, but that ERA is sure to come down with time.
The verdict of who won this trade really comes down to how well Spencer Howard performs for the Rangers, as well as the other two prospects. And vice versa, how Hans Crouse ends up working out for the Phillies.