Free Agent Options: Relief Pitchers

The Phillies will be involved in the free agent market to fill some holes and upgrade some other positions. 

Foremost among their requirements might be relief pitchers.  Six of their early free agents and outrights pitched out of the bullpen in 2022.  RHP Corey Knebel, RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP David Robertson, LHP Brad Hand, RHP Chris Devenski, and RHP Mark Appel.  Another outrighted reliever LHP Damon Jones spent most of the season on the injury list.

You can view the most recent stats for both right-handed and left-handed relievers are attached here.

The pitchers are listed alphabetically by arm.  Any year prior to 2022 is highlighted in yellow.  The blue highlighting is for my benefit.  At some point, I will probably remove the breakdown years for the guys who pitched for more than one team.

Pitchers of interest for the Phillies might be – Matt Moore, Adam Ottavino, Robert Suarez, Rafael Montero, Matt Wisler, Tommy Kahnle, David Phelps, Carlos Estevez, Erasmo Ramirez, Andrew Chafin, Kenley Jansen, Mychal Givens, Trevor Williams, Michael Fulmer, Matt Strahm, Seth Lugo, Nick Martinez, and Will Smith.

Some former Phillies’ relievers pitched well last season, including some who were on the 2022 roster.  To the dismay of some fans, a reunion or two might be under consideration.

Of particular interest are guys like Matt Wisler, Trevor Williams, and Nick Martinez who give the Phillies flexibility since they can function as starters if needed.  Like maybe in the rotation to start the season and moving to the bullpen if/when one of the prospects is ready to make the jump.

Martinez is of particular interest with 10 starts, 15 finishes, and 8 saves on his resume.  San Diego is still trying to work out an agreement as I type this



6 thoughts on “Free Agent Options: Relief Pitchers

  1. Lots of interesting names with Suarez, Montero and Chafin very interesting to me. I’d consider bringing back Robertson on a one year deal also but to pitch middle relief.

  2. The Padres just screwed over the rest of the league by giving a soon to be 32 year old Robert Suarez, 5 years, $46M! For a non-closer that posted 1.4 WAR! That is ridiculous.

  3. The late inning reliever market has always been the most fascinating for me. I was expecting Edwin Diaz to get record money (thought it would be 5/100M). I was just caught a little off guard that he would re-sign with the Mets only a couple of days before reaching the open market. The league is filled with title contending teams (big market/big spending teams too) with need feed for a shutdown closer. I’d make a push for Taylor Rogers. Like the fact that he’d add another LH arm, has closer experience, and has excellent K & BB rates.
    They had interest in Trevor May (another dude with good K vs BB #s) before he signed with the NYMs a few seasons ago.
    I predict a reunion (for much less money) with Corey Kluber “depending on the health of his shoulder”.
    A couple of trade targets maybe: David Bednar and/or AJ Puk.
    And lastly … I’ll be interested to see if Dombrowski considers some older/declining guys who were once dominant, but now have lots of warts: Kimbrel & Chapman.

  4. Nick Martinez is a great fit for the Phillies, he threw some nasty stuff at them in the NLCS and they can give him an opportunity to start.

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