Phillies trade Connor Brogdon to Dodgers: All you need to know

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Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Connor Brogdon sits on the bench after working in the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded right-handed pitcher Connor Brogdon to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Benony Robles.

Phillies trade Connor Brogdon

The Phillies announced the move ahead of their second matchup with the Washington Nationals. Connor Brogdon was drafted in the 10th round of the 2017 amateur draft by Philadelphia and has been with the organization ever since. Now, the 29-year-old heads to Los Angeles after struggling to hold down a spot in Philly’s bullpen.

Over five seasons with the Phillies, Connor Brogdon appeared in 142 games and pitched 144.0 innings. He recorded a 3.88 ERA, a 4.30 FIP and 146 strikeouts. While he wasn’t a part of the 2023 postseason, he appeared in seven games in the Phils’ run to the World Series in 2022. His most memorable outing came in Game 4 of the NLCS when relieved Bailey Falter, who was tagged with four earned runs, in the first inning and pitched 2.1 innings, which he hadn’t done all season.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 20: Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Connor Brogdon (75) throws during the Major League Baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays on September 20, 2020 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

After getting sent down to the Triple-A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in June of 2023 and spending the rest of the season there, Brogdon failed to establish himself with the Phillies this season, allowing seven runs (six earned) in 2.0 innings. His final outing in the red pinstripes saw him surrender a grand slam in the 10th inning, taking the loss in a 6-3 defeat to the Cincinnati Reds.

With no more minor-league options to use on Brogdon, the Phillies designated him for assignment on April 2nd and selected the contract of Ricardo Pinto. The Dodgers now add a veteran reliever they hope they can get more talent out of in exchange for a young prospect.

Robles, a 23-year-old from the Dominican Republic, has yet to pitch above the High-A level of the minor leagues. In 32.2 innings over 33 games with the Great Lakes Loons last year, Robles posted a 3.86 ERA and 53 strikeouts while allowing 19 walks and 19 hits, including three home runs. Although his 14.6 strikeouts per nine innings suggest he has a lot of potential, his 5.2 walks allowed per nine innings shows that he has work to do on his command.

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