Gibson has a career 4.42 ERA over nine seasons. | PHOTO: Yan Smith
The Phillies acquired right-handed starter Kyle Gibson, right-handed closer Ian Kennedy, and prospect Hans Crouse from the Texas Rangers on Friday.  
In return, the Phillies dealt right-hander Spencer Howard and prospects Kevin Gowdy and Josh Gessner to the Rangers. 

Gibson, 33, is 6-3 this season with a 2.87 ERA over 19 starts. He's under contract through the end of next season and should be a much needed upgrade for the club at the back of the rotation. 

Kennedy, 36, has 16 saves to go along with a 2.51 ERA. He'll be a free agent at the end of this year.
Crouse, 22, was ranked as the Rangers No. 9 prospect by MLB Pipeline. A hard-throwing right-hander, he has an above average fastball and profiles as a potential middle of the rotation starter.
The Phillies also received cash in the deal. 
As for Howard, the 25-year-old struggled at the Major League level and posted a 5.81 ERA over 17 career appearances. 

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