Phillies Sign Another Pitcher to Bolster Bullpen in Free Agency

Tyler Maher
The Philadelphia Phillies have added another arm to their bullpen.
The Philadelphia Phillies have added another arm to their bullpen. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Philadelphia Phillies already made a huge splash this offseason by signing Trea Turner to a $300 million contract earlier this week, but that doesn't mean they're done wheeling and dealing.

The Phillies addressed another area of need by signing a reliever to a multi-year deal on Wednesday.

Matt Strahm Phillies

Philadelphia is finalizing a two-year, $15 million deal with left-handed reliever Matt Strahm. While that move pales in comparison to the Turner signing, it's an important acquisition nevertheless.

Strahm is coming off a strong rebound campaign with the Boston Red Sox in 2022 where he went 4-4 with a 3.83 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings despite missing time to injury. He also picked up 4 saves as part of the team's closer-by-committee approach.

The 31-year-old has alternated good and bad seasons since debuting in 2016, so he'll try to put a stop to that trend in 2023. He'll also attempt to help shore up a Phillies bullpen that posted the eighth-worst ERA in baseball last year (4.27) and was clearly short a few relievers during the team's World Series loss against the Houston Astros.

Strahm only has limited postseason experience so far (2 1/3 innings), but he could be a valuable weapon for Philadelphia come October. The Phillies are currently tied for the fourth-best World Series odds on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.

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