Phillies trade Cole Irvin to Athletics to make room on 40-man roster for Matt Moore

Phillies trade a pitcher to Oakland to maximize a lineup area initially appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

All of a sudden in a pinch for lineup areas, the Phillies traded left-handed pitcher Cole Irvin to Oakland in a money offer Saturday. Irvin’s departure from the 40-man lineup clears an area for left-handed pitcher Matt Moore, who will be contributed to the lineup when his finalizing ends up being main.

The Phillies will require to clear another area on the 40-man lineup in the short-term to include the return of shortstop Didi Gregorius when his agreement ends up being main. Gregorius accepted a two-year offer on Saturday.

The Phillies are most likely refrained from doing including. They are still penetrating the marketplace for beginning pitching depth and bullpen aid. Signing a pitcher to a big-league offer would require more subtraction from the 40-man lineup.

Irvin, who turns 27 on Sunday, was the Phils’ fifth-round choice in the 2016 draft. He pitched in 16 video games in the majors over the last 2 seasons and taped a 6.75 PERIOD.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.