Matt Strahm says baseball isn’t about the money, he came to Philadelphia to win a ring
The Philadelphia Phillies started to bolster their bullpen at the beginning of December, signing left-handed reliever Matt Strahm to a 2-year deal worth $15M.
Strahm said from the jump that he’s a competitor and he just wants to win, and he doubled down on his statements on the “Baseball Isn’t Boring” podcast, brought to you by WEEI.
Matt Strahm: Ring > Money
“To be in free agency, obviously, you want to maximize your window; you have to earn money in this game and do all that. But the utmost important thing to me is contending. Yeah, everyone will roll their eyes at me when I say I’m not playing for my bank account, but I want a ring on my hand more than I want to see how much money I get in my bank account”.
Matt Strahm, 31, has thrown seven years in the majors, starting his career with the Kansas City Royals. He pitched for the Boston Red Sox in 2022, tallying a 4-4 record with a 3.83 ERA in 50 appearances.
Strahm logged 44.2 total innings out of the bullpen last season for Boston, allowing 38 hits and 19 earned runs in that time. He struck out 52 batters, tallied an ERA+ of 110, and a SO9 ratio of 10.5.
Matt Strahm joins a group of Phillies that all carry the same mindset, which was a big portion of why the Phillies made it as far as they did in 2022. The team has high hopes for 2023, and Strahm will play a big role out of the bullpen.