Archie Bradley Agrees to One-Year Deal With the Phillies
On Thursday evening, the Phillies added a much needed arm to their bullpen, agreeing to a one-year deal with pitcher Archie Bradley worth $6 million. The hard-throwing righty began his career as a starter with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015 before transitioning to the bullpen in 2017, a year in which he posted a career-best 1.73 ERA. In 2020, he was traded to the Reds at the deadline and ended up finishing the season with a 2.95 ERA in 18.1 innings. Since 2017, Bradley has consistently been one of the better relief pitchers in the sport and was certainly a top 5 bullpen arm on the market this offseason.
This move has nothing but upside for the Phils. Bradley will immediately be the Phillies first choice out of the pen and should be able to consistently deliver. He has a lot of experience in the closer role, posting 18 saves in 2019, but may profile better as the setup man for the Phillies with José Alvarado hopefully closing out games. Bradley could certainly wind up as the closer though, which would be a positive for the team. Signing Bradley to a one-year deal eliminates almost all potential chances for any downside, as it does not impede financial flexibility in the future. There’s almost no such thing as a bad one-year deal, and signing Bradley for the price of just $6 million is great value when you consider the level of talent you’re getting at a position of great need.
Bradley’s signing reaffirms Dave Dombrowski’s commitment to his way of building a bullpen. In his introductory press conference, Dombrowski talked extensively about wanting to add power arms to the Phillies’ pen. With the additions of José Alvarado, Sam Coonrod, and now Bradley, the Phillies added three guys who consistently sit mid-to-upper 90s with their fastballs, a pitching style that the Phillies have lacked in the bullpen in years past.
Overall, this signing will prove to be the most underrated for the Phillies in this upcoming season as they add some much-needed stability to what was one of history’s worst bullpens. With a sweet name, an even sweeter beard, and the skills to back it all up, Phillies fans should be excited about the newest addition to the team. It seems as if Dombrowski heard my public plea for the Phillies to make a move that would actually matter. Glad to have you as a listener, Dave.
Oh, and Archie Bradley is the only relief pitcher in MLB history to hit a triple in the postseason, so there’s that too.