Phillies agree to deal with free-agent reliever Archie Bradley

Jim Salisbury
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Phillies agree to deal with free-agent reliever Archie Bradley originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Phillies have reached a one-year, $6 million deal with free-agent reliever Archie Bradley, sources confirmed. The deal is pending a physical.

Bradley, a 28-year-old right-hander, began his career as a starter with the Diamondbacks in 2015 before settling in as their setup man in 2017. He pitched well at the back end of Arizona's bullpen until the 2020 trade deadline, when he was dealt to the Reds and posted a 1.17 ERA in the final month. The Phillies’ new pitching coach, Caleb Cotham, came over from Cincinnati.

Bradley has a 2.95 ERA in 221 appearances the last four seasons, mostly as a setup man. He also saved 18 games for the Diamondbacks in 2019 when pressed into duty after Greg Holland’s struggles.

Bradley’s fastball averaged 94.4 mph this past season. Historically, he has been mostly four-seam fastball and curveball, with some sinkers and changeups mixed in.

He is the third reliever the Phillies have added since the final week of December. New president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski's first two trades were for left-handed reliever Jose Alvarado of the Rays and right-hander Sam Coonrod of the Giants.

Corey Seidman contributed to this report.

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