Phillies Lose Top Reliever In Free Agency

BY Robert j. matthews

The Philadelphia Phillies are losing their closer, Craig Kimbrel, as he has agreed to join the Baltimore Orioles as a free agent. Multiple reports confirm this.

Kimbrel joined the Phillies in 2023 and had a good season at 35 years old. 

He is now one of the most successful closers in the game and is one of only a few relievers with 400 career saves.

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

Kimbrel will help the Orioles close games for their young rotation, which includes Kremer, Bradish, Rodriguez, and Wells.

That group helped the Orioles win a lot of games last season.

The Orioles had a big problem because their pitcher Félix Bautista got hurt and needed surgery. 

The 28-year-old reliever will return in 2025, but he won't play in the 2024 season because of injury rehab.

Kimbrel did well with the Phillies, going 8-3 with a 3.26 ERA and getting 23 saves out of 28 chances, even though he had a rough start. 

He also had seven holds and struck out 94 batters in 69 innings.

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