Philadelphia Phillies Sign 8-Time All-Star

The Philadelphia Phillies haven't let up on the gas yet this offseason. Friday, they agreed to terms with eight-time All-Star and four-time league leader in saves, Craig Kimbrel.

It's a one-year, $10M deal for the 34-year-old. 

Kimbrel spent most of the 2022 season as the closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he was stripped of the role in September following a number of shaky outings. He finished the year with 22 saves. 

The right-hander has 394 career saves, including four straight seasons with 40+ and one with 50, while with the Atlanta Braves from 2011 to 2014. He had four more consecutive seasons with at least 30 saves, and it was really only after his midseason trade from the Chicago Cubs in 2021 to the Chicago White Sox that he seemed to really falter. 

He had a disastrous two months with the White Sox as a setup man to Liam Hendriks, then had an up-and-down season with the Dodgers this year. 

But the Phillies have been wanting to continue to upgrade their bullpen this offseason, and they're hoping that Kimbrel can rediscover the magic that he showed as recently as the first half of the 2021 season, when he posted an unheard-of 0.49 ERA and 23 saves with the Cubs by end of July. 

Photo: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports