On Saturday, the Detroit Tigers made a deal with the defending National League champion Philadelphia Phillies.
Detroit agreed to send utilityman Kody Clemens and left-hander Gregory Soto to Philadelphia.
In exchange, the Phillies sent outfielder Matt Vierling, infielder Nick Maton, and catcher Donny Sands back to the Tigers.
This is yet another solid move by the Phillies, who have been very active this offseason, signing Trea Turner, Matt Strahm, and Taijuan Walker as they gear up for another run to the World Series.
Philadelphia fell short in six games against the Houston Astros, but look prepared to take the next step.
On Twitter, MLB Network posted the details of the trade.
Thoughts on the 5-player trade that went down over the weekend? pic.twitter.com/i6ZpJpu847
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) January 9, 2023
On the Tigers side of things, they got a few solid utility pieces, plus a young catcher in Sands, who can help make up for the loss of Tucker Barnhart.
But the Phillies now have a solid back-end reliever in their bullpen to go along with Strahm, Jose Alvarado, Seranthony Dominguez, and Craig Kimbrel.
Philadelphia won 87 games during the regular season and snuck into the postseason as the third and final NL Wild Card team.
Thanks to their pitching depth, they overcame the St. Louis Cardinals and their powerful offensive trio of Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, and Albert Pujols.
They then eliminated both the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres to reach the World Series.
Their latest move gives them a chance to compete with Atlanta and the New York Mets for an NL East title and a shot at returning to the Fall Classic.