Bryce Harper, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, starting pitching, and repeat.
It has been a narrow focus for Phillies fans in the early days of the offseason as the hot stove slowly begins to heat, but there’s a new big-name free agent now linked to the team:
Source: #Phillies interested in Craig Kimbrel, in addition to their well-documented desire to add a superstar position player. #Braves and #STLCards are among the other possible suitors for Kimbrel. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 7, 2018
How strong is that interest? We’ll see. The Phillies have money to spend and multiple spots to upgrade, so it’s really no surprise they are connected to Kimbrel, or any other free agent, for that matter.
Kimbrel converted 42 of 47 save opportunities this past season with the World Champion Red Sox. In 63 appearances, the 7x all-star posted a 2.74 ERA, 13.9 K/9, and .995 WHIP.
Despite those solid regular season numbers, the 30-year-old struggled in his nine postseason appearances, allowing seven earned runs in 10.2 innings of work.
I’m a bit conflicted over this news. On the positive side, I could watch Phillies fans do this 45 times a year:
Seeing Kimbrel reminded me of when Phillies fans were imitating Craig Kimbrel. pic.twitter.com/5ogWNoKvDn
— CoronaLime 🐦⚾️🧢 (@_CoronaLime_) October 10, 2018
While that would be fun, going all-in on what is expected to be one of the market’s costliest relievers is a questionable move. I think we all remember what happened the last time the Phillies signed a high-profile reliever from the Red Sox: