Philadelphia Phillies: Pros and Cons of Signing Closer Craig Kimbrel

The Philadelphia Phillies are losing relievers to injuries at what looks like a rapid pace and should consider signing Craig Kimbrel.

Of course with Kimbrel being a free agent for so long there should be some concern over agreeing to at least a long-term deal with the World Series champ.

Here’s a look at the pros and cons of bringing Kimbrel on the Phillies roster.

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Pros

The former Boston Red Sox closer is capable of being lights out in the ninth inning and demonstrated that last year when he tossed 62.1 frames and struck out 96 batters.

Kimbrel also tallied 42 saves in 2018. He recorded at least 31 saves in each of the past three seasons.

The flame thrower is only 31 years old and could bring extra heat to a Philadelphia Phillies bullpen that could use more lockdown performers in the late innings.

Even though Kimbrel is starting his season later than most players, he only has to get used to pitching one inning. Instead of a starter who has to get stretched out and throw six or more frames.

Cons

It wouldn’t be ideal for the Phillies to overpay for a late-inning arm and Kimbrel would most likely want a multi-year deal for the dominance he’s sustained during his nine-year career.

Yeah, missing spring training and not facing hitters is worrisome, but hopefully, it wouldn’t take him long to get back into the swing of things.

During the Sox World Series run, Kimbrel gave up seven runs in 10.2 innings. He has a career 3.92 ERA in playoff action, so there might be some concern with how he fairs when the spotlight gets larger.

The Phillies should listen to Kimbrel’s contract demands, but should also proceed with caution. Philly has money to spend and so if they don’t have a particular relief arm in mind, then they should figure out a way to bring Kimbrel into the fold.

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