The Phillies added enigmatic, but durable, righthander Kyle Lohse, surrendering lefthander Matt Maloney to the Reds.
The Big Leaguer
Lohse moves to a playoff contender at the trade deadline for the second consecutive season, as the Reds had acquired him from the Twins in July 2006. A 1996 draft-and-follow by the Cubs, the 28-year-old Lohse has gotten by with a low-90s fastball, a slider and a changeup but never has fully harnessed him command. The Twins traded for him in May 1999, and while Lohse was a serviceable mid-rotation option in two of his five years with Minnesota, he had to be converted to relief in 2006 because he was pitching so poorly. Because he was also getting expensive–he had won an arbitration hearing in the offseason–the Twins moved him at the deadline. But while Lohse seemed like a new pitcher in April–he went 1-1, 2.88 over 34 innings–he’s been far less successful since then and his record now stands at 6-12, 4.58 with 80-33 K-BB in 132 innings. Lohse is eligible for free agency after the season.
A polished college lefty, the Phillies took Maloney from Mississippi in the third round of the 2005 draft. He made just eight starts at short-season Batavia before moving to low Class A Lakewood a year later, where he became the anchor of the Blue Claws’™ staff. Though he’™s 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Maloney is more of a finesse lefthander compared to fellow Phillies farmhand Josh Outman. His 86-90 mph sinker is his best pitch because of its late, downward tumble in the zone. Maloney also throws an above-average changeup, curveball and slider. Maloney, 23, won South Atlantic League pitcher of the year honors in 2006 after going 16-9, 2.03, and he led the circuit in wins, innings (169) and strikeouts (180) while finishing second in ERA. He was 9-7, 3.94 with a 115-45 strikeout-walk ratio in 125 innings for Double-A Reading
The Phillies dealt from lefthanded pitching depth to take a flier Lohse–who has a 4.58 ERA in the NL, compared to his overall mark of 4.83–while still managing to hang on to Josh Outman and J.A. Happ, two lefties they value more highly.