The Phillies can land 8-time all-star seamstress Craig Kimbrel, according to Jon Heyman.
The Philadelphia Phillies recently made a number of acquisitions, most notably in the catcher position – on Friday they acquired Garrett Stubbs of the Houston Astros and Donny Sands of the New York Yankees. The day started with two catchers in their 40-man squad (JT Realmuto and Rafael Marchan) and ended with four.
Could a deal be in the works with the standout Marchan Logan O’Hoppe and / or the Arizona Fall League? If so, Baseball Operations President Dave Dombrowski might be targeting a premiere. According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, at this point in the off-season, the team’s “top goal” is to find a seamstress.
The Phillies have three big names on their minds: Free-Agent Kenley Jansen, as well as trade candidates Josh Hader and Craig Kimbrel. And while Heyman said on the MLB Network that Jansen will most likely sign with the Dodgers again, he believes either Hader or Kimbrel “could do well with the Phillies”.
“If I had to predict now, I would say Kimbrel,” added the clerk. “Philly doesn’t have a lot of prospects to trade, but I think they have enough to develop Kimbrel.”
Although the Chicago White Sox have exercised the 33-year-old’s $ 16 million team option for the 2022 season, he remains a trade candidate – especially since the American League Central club already has one of the best closers in the game with Liam Hendriks. “I think Kimbrel is probably being traded somewhere,” Heyman said. “We know Dave Dombrowski has that connection through Boston.”
Kimbrel started the year with a 0.49 ERA and a .709 WHIP in 39 appearances with the Chicago Cubs before battling a 5.09 ERA in 24 appearances as a member of the White Sox. The eight-time 2018 All-Star and World Series Champion has a career ERA of 2.18 over his 12 seasons in the majors. His 372 careers saved are the active leader and the ninth-mostly on the all-time list.
Meanwhile, Hader – whom Heyman believes has a “decent chance” of trading – has been previously linked to the Phillies through rumors, even before the August 2020 trading deadline. Heyman added, “We have about it spoken [Hader] has been in the market for years and it’s never been traded, but I think Milwaukee will look at this again. ”
The closer position is just one of many necessities for the Phillies to fill this off-season. Others include finding a midfielder and a left fielder with both Odubel Herrera and Andrew McCutchen now free-hand. A reunion between newly hired punch coach Kevin Long and a stormy outfielder who played at the Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox in 2021 may be in the works.
Dombrowski has acted for Kimbrel once before; why not again?