The biggest downfall of the 2020 Phillies was their bullpen. The relief core was historically bad and littered with arms who underperformed and were simply unfit for big-league competition. Thankfully, a new general manager is expected to take over and will be able to change the narrative.
Regardless of whether the team can retain star catcher J.T. Realmuto, they should still have some money to spend in free agency, and a large sum of that is expected to go towards the bullpen. With this in mind, here are 10 free agent relievers the Phillies should consider.
The list will be ordered from last name a to z, same set up as the previous article: (Link Below)
Baez has spent his entire MLB career with Los Angeles, helping them to 7 straight division titles and a World Series crown this past season. He’s been a key set-up man to Kenly Jansen, and in my opinion, has been one of the more underrated Dodgers over an impressive team run. If he were to leave Chavis Ravine, the right-hander would serve as an upgrade to the back of the pen’.
Upon being traded to the Cubs at the deadline, Chafin had spent his entire big league career in the NL West with Arizona. There, he evolved into a strong lefthanded option that could retire some of the top hitters in the game. Now entering free agency for the first time in his career, the 30-year-old would be a welcome addition.
Clippard has been the definition of consistency. He’s been doing it for a long time, and has brought a winning pedigree everywhere he’s played. Once a back-end guy for the Nationals, the veteran has spent the last few seasons in the AL Central with Clevland and Minnesota. The Phillies won’t have to break the bank to sign someone like Clippard, and he would make an immediate impact.
In his first major move as GM, Matt Klentak traded Giles to Houston after the 2015 season in a package that included Vince Velasquez. Since that point, Velasquez has fallen out of favor in the Phillies rotation, and Giles has established himself as a strong backend reliever with the Blue Jays. If “100 Miles Giles” were to sign here, he would assume the closer’s role that remained vacant towards the end of last year.
When it comes to free-agent relievers this winter, Hendricks is the king of the crops. In all, he is one of the best relievers in baseball. The Aussie has been a huge piece of the Oakland A’s, but he very well could leave town if a better offer comes his way. The Phillies have money to spend, so why not go after the best guy on the board?
The starter turned reliever has spent the last few seasons with the rebuilding Kansas City Royals. In 2019, he was the team’s closing pitcher, where he racked up 30 saves in 34 opportunities. Kennedy struggled in the unprecedented 2020 season. With that being said, he could be a bounce-back candidate to buy low on.
Melancon is a veteran with a proven track record who has a ton of exposure pitching late in games. He is more than capable of getting big outs and could serve as a mentor to a mostly young bullpen group. His age, 35, could be a turn off for some teams, however, I don’t see it being much of an issue. The guy flat out knows how to pitch.
Peacock got his start within the division with Washington but was traded early on in his career to Houston. With the Astros, he both started and came out of the pen’ in a long-relief role. Not only are the Phillies lacking quality arms, but they are also lacking a quantity of arms. Peacock is someone who could eat up some innings, and preserve the big boys late in games.
Petit has been a reliable arm for numerous teams throughout his lengthy big league career. He spent last season with Oakland, as a crucial part of their bullpen. The 2014 World Series champion could provide length and postseason experience to a relief core that desperately lacks both.
Wilson has experience pitching within the NL East, having spent the previous two seasons with the Mets. The lefty is also familiar with manager Joe Girardi, having pitched for the Yankees in 2015. The 33-year-old isn’t a marquee name, but he’s coming off another solid season with a strong career resume. He could take the role of Jose Alvarez, although I hope the team resigns him as well.