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Former Phillie Archie Bradley signs with Angels


Archie Bradley is heading to the Angels. (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

Former Philadelphia Phillies reliever Archie Bradley has agreed to a Major League contract with the Los Angeles Angels, per Jon Heyman of Audacy Sports. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Bradley’s deal will be for one year and $3.75 million.

This comes after Bradley spent the 2021 season with the Phillies, who signed him to a one-year/$6 million deal. While Bradley did post a 0.82 ERA across 10 appearances in the month of July, he was largely underwhelming in 2021. An oblique injury forced Bradley to go on the injured list in April, and he posted a 4.82 ERA in his final 10 appearances of the season. In total, Bradley went 7-3 with a 3.71 ERA and 4.35 FIP in 53 games for the Phillies.

Bradley’s lone season with the Phillies followed parts of six seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks where he emerged as a valuable multi-inning option in the bullpen. His best season came in 2017, where he posted a 1.73 ERA, 2.61 FIP and 2.0 fWAR across 73 innings. Since that 2017 season, Bradley has seen a steady decline in the velocity on his fastball, changeup and curveball.

With the Angels, Bradley is heading to a team that faces many of the same problems that the Phillies have; elite performers at the top of the roster, but not enough depth to compete for a World Series despite one of the larger payrolls in the sport. While Shohei Ohtani won the American League MVP in 2021, Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon played in a combined 94 games, a major reason why the top-heavy Angels went just 77-85.

As the Phillies look to turn around a bullpen that’s been historically bad over the past two seasons, they’ve allowed Bradley, Héctor Neris and Ian Kennedy to leave in free agency, replacing them with Corey Knebel, Jeurys Familia and Brad Hand.

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