Acquired or traded
Dombrowski and Fuld were bold in their dealings with other teams, acquiring nine players via trade, waiver claim or purchase.
Those nine came at a cost of just three players who left the Phillies for other big league destinations.
Substantively, the most important deal brought Andrew Vasquez to the bullpen. Vasquez was picked up on a waiver claim from San Francisco, which, in very circular fashion, had acquired him from the Phillies the previous August.
Vasquez never actually made a big league appearance for the 2022 Phillies; to that point, his MLB resume consisted of brief stops in Minnesota, Los Angeles and Toronto.
Since coming back to the Phillies, he’s made 25 appearances covering 35 innings with a 1.80 ERA and 0.8 WAA. It looks as though he’s found regular work.
Cristian Pache has probably been the value surprise. An outfielder with a history of failure in Atlanta and Oakland, Pache came to Philadelphia in a May trade with the A’s that cost Dombrowski and Fuld a minor leaguer.
The way things are going for the A’s this season, you could figure that as soon as they quit on a non-performer, he’d start to perform. That’s Pache. With the Phillies, he’s hitting.316 and lobbying for additional playing time.
The glamour pickup was Kody Clemens, son of You Know Who. This Clemens is a first baseman, although the Phillies have tried him occasionally on the mound just to kill time. As a backup to Alex Bohm, Clemens is batting .232 with four homers, but that’s only brought a -0.6 WAA.