Report: Phillies Are “In” on Closer Kimbrel, Chafin
The Phillies Hot Stove is just getting hotter and hotter. With the Phillies blowing an MLB-leading 24 blown saves, the back end of the bullpen is of great concern for the Phillies. Though fill-in closer Ranger Suarez has done a passable job in the role, the Phillies apparently are thinking big.Craig Kimbrel:
Dave Dombrowski once traded for Kimbrel before as president of baseball operations with the Boston Red Sox. Kimbrel was part of the 2018 Red Sox World Series-winning team. He departed as a free agent and signed a four-year deal with the Cubs. He has one year of control remaining beyond 2021.
Andrew Chafin was acquired by the Cubs from the Arizona Diamondbacks during their 2020 play off push. The Cubs re-signed Chafin at a very reasonable rate of $2.25 million, with an option for 2022 worth $5.25 million plus incentives. He stands to earn some of those, as through 42 appearances Chafin has a 1.70 earned run average.
So should the Phillies swing a deal for either or both players, they would have bullpen help in 2022. Could those be the types of trades Dombrowski is looking to make?