Relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel leaves the Phillies and signs a one-year, $13 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

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The City of New York – NYC With the acquisition of closer Craig Kimbrel on Wednesday, the Baltimore Orioles were able to strengthen their bullpen by securing a contract with him that was worth $13 million over the course of one year.

Relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel leaves the Phillies

The right-handed pitcher, who will turn 36 years old in May, will also be eligible to receive performance awards as a result of the deal that was reached on the last day of baseball’s winter meetings. This arrangement made it possible for the pitcher to get honors. In total, Kimbrel will be playing for eight different teams during his career. Because of his time spent with the Phillies during the previous season, he was chosen for his tenth All-Star team. This honor was bestowed upon him once again.

A club option for the year 2025 is included in the agreement, as stated in a statement that was posted on social media by the Orioles, who were the winners of the American League East Conference. Over the course of his recovery from surgery on his Tommy John, All-Star closer Felix Bautista is being replaced by Kimbrel, who is helping to fill in for him.

Relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel leaves the Phillies

“I believe that both sides are entering into this agreement with the idea that it could last for two years.” The general manager of the Baltimore Ravens, Mike Elias, was quoted as saying that it “makes us feel good.” “The plan is for him to be the closer.”

In 2018, Kimbrel and Boston were champions in the World Series Championship Series. Following the conclusion of the previous season, he was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies and played in 71 games. For the second time in his career, he took part in at least seventy games. This was a significant accomplishment for him. In 2011, which was the most recent occasion he did so, he took part in 79 different games.

Relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel leaves the Phillies

He concluded the season with a record of 8-6, a 3.26 earned run average, and 23 saves. His overall performance was impressive. In the National League Championship Series, which Philadelphia ultimately lost to Arizona in seven games, he was a contributing factor in the team’s passage to the championship series. Since 2021, when he had 100 strikeouts while playing with the Chicago Cubs and the White Sox, this was the highest number of strikeouts he had ever recorded. He finished with a score of 94 after 69 innings of play.

Relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel leaves the Phillies

The earned run average (ERA) that Kimbrel had in his most recent 57 games was 2.21, and it was much better in September, when it was 1.50 in 12 games. Kimbrel’s performance was even better. Throughout the course of seven playoff games, he had a record of 0-2 with three saves and an earned run average of six runs.

Kimbrel signed a one-year contract with Philadelphia that was worth $10 million. This came after he had signed a four-year agreement with the Cubs that was for $58 million and included an option year in 2022. It is possible that the value of the deal reduced as a consequence of the epidemic.

 

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