The Philadelphia Phillies have signed right-handed relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel to a one-year, $10 million contract, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Kimbrel, 34, is coming off a down year with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He posted a 3.75 ERA over 60 innings, eventually losing the closer role and being left off the postseason roster.
Over his 13-year career, which includes three Reliever of the Year nods, Kimbrel has recorded 394 saves, good for seventh all time.
Kimbrel led the league in saves in four consecutive seasons with the Atlanta Braves, from 2011-2014, earned Rookie of the Year honours with them in 2011, has been named to eight All-Star teams.
Kimbrel is known for his imposing pre-pitch routine where he leans forward and stares at the batter.
Kimbrel is a valuable addition to a Phillies bullpen that ranked in the bottom-third in ERA last season (4.27) and will likely begin 2023 as Philadelphia’s closer.
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