While the Phillies would love to add a big time closer, I don’t think Craig Kimbrel is a realistic option nor is he on the team’s radar. Philadelphia has much bigger needs than a superstar closer who is coming off a World Series win in Boston.
Phillies fans know Kimbrel well after watching him develop in Atlanta for five years. Some think Kimbrel would go back to Atlanta this offseason to help them repeat as National League East champions, while returning to Boston makes all the sense in the world.
The Phillies have paid big time closers when the team was on the cusp of a dynasty, but right now they’re far from being a dynasty. While Kimbrel would be welcomed to Philadelphia with open arms, he’s not what the team needs right now.
It’s hard to see the Yankees not retaining David Robertson, but if they decide to move on the Phillies can certainly be a player for him. While never consistently being an all-star Robertson is the steady middle to late inning reliever Philadelphia needs.
Since 2011 Robertson has never had an ERA above 3.50 and in 2017 he kept it below two for the White Sox and Yankees.
More than 90% of Robertson’s career appearances have come in the seventh inning or later. He’s primarily worked in the eighth inning, potentially giving the Phillies the setup man they need in front of Seranthony Dominguez.