The Phillies seemed to have an agreement on Tuesday with the Pirates for left handed starter Tyler Anderson, but instead of Anderson joining the rotation Anderson joins the likes of Frank Gore, Maikel Bridges, and Shea Webber as “former Philly athletes.” Because when the deal fell through because of medical concerns in one of the prospects going over to Pittsburgh, the Mariners jumped in and ripped Anderson out of a Phillies jersey
Here is the time line
Source confirms Phillies have deal for pitcher Tyler Anderson. Catcher Abrahan Gutierrez and one other going to Pittsburgh— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) July 27, 2021
Jim Salisbury tweets out the trade. It was for Abrahan Gutierrez and Christian Hernandez. Gutierrez was the big piece. Originally signed by the Braves during the international signing period for $3.54 million (which is a ton for an international player.) The Braves had to cut him lose after it was revealed that they signed 12 players using dirty tactics and the players were released from their contracts (they got to keep the money) and were able to sign with other teams. The Phillies got him for $550,000. He was hitting a respectable .285 with 5 home runs and 29 runs batted in Clearwater (A Ball.)
But before you go out and get your Tyler Anderson shirsey HOLD UP!
The Pirates’ trade of Tyler Anderson to the Phillies has been held up because of an issue (presumably medical) with one of the two players going back to Pittsburgh, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Unclear where talks stand, whether player will be replaced.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 27, 2021
Multiple reports started coming out a few hours later that the trade was being held up because of an issue with Hernandez’ medicals. But not to worry! The Phillies could surely swap out Hernandez for another prospect! After all, he wasnt the BIG piece in the deal right? WRONG! Not sure if Phillies GM Sam Fuld told the Pirates “Ill call you back when Matt Moore gets a clean inning.” and then was so shocked that it happened he completely forgot. But the Phillies and Pirates couldnt agree on the return.
“OH MY GAWD KING! THATS MARINERS GM JERRY DIPOTO”S MUSIC”
The Seattle Mariners are finalizing a deal to acquire left-hander Tyler Anderson from the Pittsburgh Pirates, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 28, 2021
The Pirates thought they had a deal today for Anderson with Philadelphia, but it fell through on medical review. Seattle went and got him instead.
So in the span of about 7 hours Tyler Anderson went from all time Phillie great, to Seattle Mariner. If there is a silver lining to be had with this situation its the fact that just like you, the Phillies know their rotation isnt good enough. Trade deadline is Friday at 4pm.