The reigning National League champions, the Philadelphia Phillies, just made things official with a former closer and All-Star reliever.
“The #Phillies make veteran reliever Craig Kimbrel’s one-year, $10 million contract official after he passes his physical. They designate pitcher Francisco Morales for assignment,” MLB insider Bob Nightengale tweeted.
The #Phillies make veteran reliever Craig Kimbrel's one-year, $10 million contract official after he passes his physical. They designate pitcher Francisco Morales for assignment.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 4, 2023
Kimbrel had a somewhat erratic 2022 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
His ERA wasn’t a disaster by any means, but considering the sky-high expectations, he was a slight disappointment.
In 63 games he compiled 22 saves, but wasn’t always reliable when doing it.
He finished with a 3.75 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 60 innings.
His WHIP was an uncharacteristically high 1.32.
The Phillies bullpen was surprisingly strong in 2022 after struggling for a few seasons.
Hand and Robertson no longer in the picture, but the Phils brought in Matt Strahm and now Kimbrel to make sure the unit remains a top one.
Kimbrel was a sub-3.00s ERA guy as recently as 2021, but did have two lousy seasons before that.
He is way too inconsistent to be relied on as a closer, but should be able to be a nice bullpen piece for a team with World Series aspirations.
The Phillies will likely fight with the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves all year long to get the NL East division.