3. Lou Trivino / RP
No offense to Corey Knebel and Kent Emanuel, but it seems unlikely the two of them will be able to singlehandedly (double-handedly?) turn the Phillies bullpen into a functional arm of the team.
Lou Trivino would be an affordable addition, as he’s projected to earn only $2.9M in 2022, a far cry from the $10M Knebel is getting from the Phils.
Dating back to his debut season in 2018, Trivino has a 3.70 ERA over 221 games (231 innings).
Trivino is coming off a very solid 2021 campaign, in which he posted a 3.18 ERA over career-bests of 71 appearances, 44 games finished, and 22 saves.
There is a strong case to be made that Trivino could be the new Phillies closer, with Knebel as his set-up man. Knebel has finished five games total over the last two seasons, and earned three saves. He hasn’t been a full-time player since before his 2019 Tommy John, while Trivino averages 68 appearances per 162 games.
Here’s how batters have fared against Knebel and Trivino over the last two seasons:
Knebel: .214/.295/.379, .674 OPS
Trivino: .211/.305/.313, .618 OPS
Imagine these two as a one-two punch at the end of Phillies games.