Phillies Add Another Bullpen Arm with the help of Bryce Harper
Free agent RHP Brandon Kintzler has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Per Ken Rosenthal, Kintzler turned down a major-league deal from his previous team, the Miami Marlins, in order for a chance to make more money in Philadelphia if he makes the Phillies’ roster.
Kintzler gets $3M from Phillies plus $1M incentives (500K games, 500K games finished). He turned down $2 million from the Marlins, which is extremely smart given the fact that the Phillies bullpen is a mess. A report from Jesse Rogers of ESPN states that none other than Bryce Harper, a former teammate of Kintzler while on the Nationals, pushed for this deal to happen.
Kintzler is coming off his two best seasons of his career. He converted 13 of his 17 save chances while posting a 2.55 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over 81.1 innings across 86 relief appearances for the Cubs and most recently, the Miami Marlins. He was an all-star in 2017 and led Marlins with 12 saves last year.
Kintzler with the Cubs in 2019:
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