Dodgers fans officially never have to fear Craig Kimbrel pitching in blue again. It was clear the Dodgers were not ready to commit to him when it mattered most and the lack of a true closer ended up shooting the team in the foot.
This finally boiled over to zero chance of Kimbrel coming back, but fortunately for him he signed a nice deal with the Phillies and re-joins his old teammate Trea Turner. The Phillies take a small gamble on Kimbrel signing him to just a one-year $10 million deal.
It’s uncertain what his role will end up being, but the Phillies will now look to unearth the man who was among the leaders in saves. However, he was also on the wrong end of blowing too many saves for Dodgers fans.
Reliever Craig Kimbrel and the Philadelphia Phillies are in agreement on a one-year, $10 million contract, a source familiar with the deal tells ESPN. First with the deal: @Ken_Rosenthal.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 23, 2022
Ultimately, the right-hander went 6-7 with a 3.75 ERA over 63 games in his lone season in LA.
The distant memory of Kimbrel will forever be engrained in Dodgers fans minds as he looks for what can be a fresh new restart. The blown saves were a massive reason for the Dodgers to not bring Kimbrel back and a glaring issue knowing he wasn’t going to be trusted in the postseason.
His All-Star days seem like a distant memory, but perhaps a change of scenery can bring him back to a top tier closer.
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