WEEI.com reported that the team is interested in Philadelphia Phillies All-Star closer Pat Neshek, who has been one of a very few bright spots on a Phillies team that currently sports the worst record in baseball.
Neshek told Philly.com that he’s used to trade rumors, as he’s been involved in deadline deals several times throughout his lengthy MLB career:
“I’ve been dealing with it since the first day I got traded to Philly,” Neshek said. “… It’s not like it wasn’t expected. It would be nice for me one year to just stay somewhere three years. I’d go nuts.”
With a 1.27 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 35.1 innings of work this season, it’s understandable why the Red Sox are interested in the talented right-handed hurler.
And, though Neshek said it would be nice to stay put for a few years, he added that reaching the playoffs are what baseball players strive to do, so he’d welcome an opportunity to pitch in the postseason for the Red Sox (or any other playoff-bound squad):
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“I’ve been in the playoffs seven different times so I know that I’d do well,” Neshek said. “I think everyone wants to get that adrenaline going. When I was with St. Louis, it was a letdown that they didn’t get to the World Series. That was the furthest that I’ve ever got and it was an off year for St. Louis. It was incredible. Every night you would go back out there and you’re sore, but you’re just going to battle. That’s what we all want to do. Win games.”
He certainly won’t get the opportunity to pitch into October with the Phillies, who currently sport an overall record of 29-58 and are already 22.5 games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East standings.