The Phillies have signed right-handed reliever Archie Bradley to a 1 year, $6 million deal. Before the 2020 Trade Deadline, he had spent the entirety of his career pitching out in the desert with Arizona. Known mainly for his fastball and curveball combination, he also possesses a changeup and a sinker in his repertoire.
Bradley, a former first-round selection and top prospect as a starter, transitioned to a relief role while in the big leagues, and the results have been promising. Since being moved to the bullpen full-time in 2017, he has owned a 2.95 ERA over the span of 200+ appearances with the D-Backs and Reds. This acquisition may give Joe Girardi a new closer to lock down the 9th inning, should he choose to use him in that capacity. Girardi may also elect to use him in more high leverage situations, which the Phillies had quite a few of this past summer. Having someone like Bradley who can get out of a tough jam, and even pitch multiple innings when called upon, will be a breath of fresh air for our pitching staff.
Bradley marks the 3rd reliever of note the front office has brought on board for next season. In 2 separate deals, the team acquired left-hander Jose Alvarado from the Rays, as well as right-hander Sam Coonrod from the Giants. The trio will look to bolster the team’s relief core, which was historically bad last season. When the 2020 season came to an end, the Phillies had a bullpen ERA north of 7. If they are going to make the Postseason in 2021, history cannot repeat itself.
This offseason is far from over, and there are still multiple holes on the roster. However, with all things considered the signing of Archie Bradley could very well work out in the Phillies’ favor. If he performs anywhere close to how he has the last 4 seasons, the team will most definitely be getting an upgrade.