Archie Bradley tweets for Phillies to re-sign J.T. Realmuto
By Matt Rappa
Reliever Archie Bradley wants the Phillies to re-sign J.T. Realmuto
If the newest reliever in the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen Archie Bradley wanted a quick way to win over fans — well before spring training, let alone the first game of the season — he sure did just that on Monday.
The six-year veteran — officially signed on Monday to a one-year, $6 million contract — tweeted just hours after the announcement that his new team should “Sign J.T.”
Bradley, 28, has been one of the most consistent relievers over the past four seasons. His season ERAs finished as being 1.73, 3.64, 3.52, and 2.95 for the 2020 campaign, split between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds.
Since 2018, his 26.2 percent strikeout rate ranks sixth and his 8.6 percent walk rate ranks seventh among all National League relievers with at least 150 appearances. In 2020, specifically, Bradley went a combined 2-0 with an 18-3 strikeouts-to-walks ratio and 1.091 WHIP across 18 1/3 innings.
So far, Bradley’s best season in his career came in 2017, when he finished 20th in the National League MVP race. Spanning 63 appearances, 13 games finished, and 73 innings, he posted a 1.73 ERA, 79-21 strikeouts-to-walks ratio, and 1.041 WHIP.
Bradley’s Monday morning tweet to for the Phillies to re-sign Realmuto is not the only thing fans can look toward in order to get excited about the newest right-hander. During the 2017 National League Wild Card Game, Bradley made postseason history at the plate — becoming the only pitcher in postseason history to hit a triple in a game he did not start. The pitcher he faced? Former Phillies reliever Pat Neshek.
Bradley joins perennial All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper as being among the players vocal for J.T. Realmuto to be re-signed and continuing to don red pinstripes beyond just the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
There is nothing much more to say other than welcome to Philadelphia, Archie!