Rumor Central: Pat Neshek expects Phillies to trade him

Veteran right-hander Pat Neshek reportedly believes Philadelphia will deal him before the season ends. Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire

Phillies reliever Pat Neshek has been manager Pete Mackanin's best option out of the bullpen this season, but the veteran understands his days in Philadelphia might be numbered.

Rumor Central

The Phillies are in last place, and Neshek's stellar performance so far likely makes him a hot commodity for contending clubs looking for relief help as the July 31 trade deadline approaches.

When asked by Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com if he believes the Phillies would trade him, Neshek said "I'm sure it will happen."

The 36-year-old right-hander has posted an 0.82 ERA in 24 appearances, allowing 13 hits and two runs to go along with a 21-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 22 innings since joining Philadelphia last November in what was essentially a salary dump by his previous team, the Houston Astros.

Neshek earned his first save in two years Tuesday night vs. the Atlanta Braves, retiring the final two batters on five pitches.

The 11-year veteran is due $6.5 million in 2017 and has also pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins.

Neshek is a free agent at the end of the season.

-- Nick Ostiller