Phillies Lose Top Reliever in Free Agency

BY John fenster

Craig Kimbrel, a veteran closer, is leaving the Philadelphia Phillies to join the Baltimore Orioles as a free agent.

Kimbrel joined the Phillies in 2023 and had a solid season. He is a highly decorated closer with over 400 career saves.

Kimbrel's contract is worth $12 million in 2024, with a $13 million club option in 2025 and a $1 million buyout. 

Kimbrel joins the Orioles to close games for a young rotation. The group aided the Orioles in winning the American League East and 101 games last season.

The Orioles needed a new pitcher after Félix Bautista got injured and had surgery. 

The 28-year-old reliver will return in 2025 after rehabbing an injury, missing the entire 2024 season.

Kimbrel had a successful season with the Phillies, going 8-3 with a 3.26 ERA and 23 saves in 28 chances. He had 7 holds and 94 strikeouts in 69 innings.

Kimbrel has 417 career saves and was a dominant closer for the Atlanta Braves from 2011-2014.

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