The Phillies have continued their bullpen revamp, signing reliever Archie Bradley to a one year, $6M contract.
Per source Archie Bradley is signing with the Phillies— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) January 14, 2021
Archie Bradley has agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal with the Phillies, per source.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 14, 2021
Bradley is a 28-year-old right handed relief pitcher. He finished the 2020 season with a 2.95 ERA across 16 appearances for the Diamondbacks and the Reds. Bradley was traded to the Reds at the trade deadline after five seasons in Arizona. The Reds opted not to tender him a contract at the end of the season, making him a free agent. He spent his first two seasons as a starter in Arizona before being converted to the bullpen in 2017. That 2017 season was Bradley’s best. He finished with a 1.73 ERA across 73 innings in 63 games.
Bradley has excelled in limiting home runs throughout his career. He allowed just one in 2020 and has allowed a total of 19 since switching to the bullpen full time in 2017. He also posts healthy strikeout and walk totals, with a career 23.9 K% to a 9.5 BB%. in 2020, he had 18 strikeouts in his 16 games compared to just three walks. Bradley primarily relies on a four seamer that averages 94.2 MPH and a curveball, but will sprinkle in a changeup and a sinker.
Fit with the Phillies
Bradley is a huge pickup for the Phillies in their effort to rebuild their bullpen. He was one of the best and most consistent relievers on the market this winter. Bradley should bring some much needed stability to the back end of the Phillies bullpen. The volatility of relievers (and the Phillies recent track record) will rightfully bring some pause, but Bradley has posted a sub 4 ERA in each of the last four seasons and will be on a cheap, one year contract that about equals what he would have received in arbitration.
He also has experience pitching in all late inning situations, including as a closer. Bradley notched 18 saves in 2019 after being forced into the closer role due to injury. However, he is best used as a set-up man, a role he has thrived in. The Phillies as of this moment do not have an established closer, so it’s to be determined exactly what Bradley’s role will be. Nevertheless, he should give manager Joe Girardi a reliable option somewhere late in games.