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Phillies relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel signs 1-year, $13 million deal with Baltimore Orioles

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 23: Craig Kimbrel #31 of the Philadelphia Phillies prepares for a pitch in the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks during Game Six of the Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 23, 2023 in


By FOX 29 Staff

PHILADELPHIA – The Baltimore Orioles added reliever Craig Kimbrel to their bullpen Wednesday on a one-year contract for $13 million.

The deal completed on the final day of baseball’s winter meetings also includes performance bonuses for the right-hander, who turns 36 in May. The Orioles will become the eighth team for Kimbrel, who spent last season with Philadelphia and earned his ninth All-Star nod.

The AL East champion Orioles said in a social media post the contract includes a club option for 2025. Kimbrel helps replace All-Star closer Félix Bautista, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

“I think both parties are entering this arrangement with the spirit of this potentially being a two-year thing. We’re optimistic about it,” Baltimore general manager Mike Elias said. “The plan is for him to be the closer.”

Kimbrel, who won the 2018 World Series with Boston, pitched in 71 games for the Phillies last season. It marked the second time in his career he appeared in at least 70 games and the first since 79 in 2011.

He was 8-6 this year with a 3.26 ERA and 23 saves in helping Philadelphia to the NL Championship Series before they lost to Arizona in seven games. He struck out 94 over 69 innings, his most since striking out 100 in 2021 with the Chicago Cubs and White Sox.

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