Bradley signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Phillies on Thursday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Bradley was non-tendered by Cincinnati in early December and was one of the top relief options in free agency. The right-hander spent time with the Diamondbacks and Reds in 2020, recording six saves while posting a 2.95 ERA and 1.09 WHIP over 18.1 innings. He could work in some high-leverage situations for Philadelphia and may very well contend for save chances right off the bat in 2021.
Bradley was non-tendered by the Reds on Wednesday.
A former closer, Bradley posted a 2.95 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 18 strikeouts in 18.1 innings with the Diamondbacks and the Reds last season. This would have been his final year of arbitration, so he would have been given a sizable contract that may not have been in line with his role with Cincinnati in 2021. He is now one of the top free agent relievers on the market.
Bradley (back) was used in relief in Game 1 of the Reds' 1-0 loss to the Braves in the wild-card round, giving up the game's lone run in the 13th inning while yielding hits to two of the three batters he faced.
Bradley didn't pitch in any of the Reds' final six regular-season contests due to lower-back tightness, but his inclusion on the team's 28-man postseason roster and his subsequent appearance against Atlanta indicate he'll head into the offseason healthy. The 28-year-old's half-season in Cincinnati ended on a sour note, but he's still expected to play a key role in the late innings for the club in 2021, assuming the Reds elect to tender him heading into his final year of salary arbitration.
Bradley last pitched on Sept. 20 and missed some time with lower-back tightness, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Bradley was available to pitch over the last two days of the season, but was held out after the Reds clinched a playoff spot Friday night. "It was good knowing that he could have pitched, but he didn't," manager David Bell said. "It worked out even better just to give him those days. He's going to be good to go."
Bradley (2-0) earned the win against the Cardinals on Sunday, throwing two perfect innings with one strikeout.
Bradley was locked in, throwing 18 of 23 pitches for strikes. He sat down the side in order in both the sixth and seventh innings and was rewarded for his efforts with his first win since coming over from Arizona in a deadline trade. Manager David Bell said that he would stick by Raisel Iglesias as his closer when the deal happened and the skipper has not wavered from that position.
Reds manager said before Tuesday's game that Raisel Iglesias will remain the closer, even though the Reds traded for Bradley, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Reinforcing that proclamation, Bradley appeared in the third inning Tuesday after the game got out of hand early against Sonny Gray. For what it's worth, Bradley had pitched just twice since Aug. 16, the last time coming Sunday thanks to the Diamondbacks' recent swoon.
Bradley was traded from Arizona to Cincinnati on Monday in exchange for Stuart Fairchild and Josh VanMeter, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Reds closer Raisel Iglesias has a 5.59 ERA on the season, but that mark goes down to 3.52 if we exclude his first two outings of the season. This is far from ideal for Bradley's fantasy value, as it is unclear if he will be the closer or the setup man. Iglesias may fit better as a setup man, but he has also been vocal in the past about wanting to be used like a traditional closer. Bradley has a 4.22 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 12:3 K:BB and is 6-for-7 on save chances this season.
Bradley allowed a run and on two hits and a hit batsman in two-thirds of an inning in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Giants.
Bradley entered during the eighth inning and let two inherited runners to score plus his own run, when he hit Mike Yastrzemski and permitted run-scoring singles to Alex Dickerson and Evan Longoria. It was just the second time in 14 days that Bradley pitched, as the Diamondbacks are in a 1-10 stretch of futility and have not needed their closer. Arizona will be sellers at the trade deadline, but it has control over Bradley for one more season, so it's likely he remains this team's closer for the rest of the season instead of becoming a depth option in another team's bullpen.
Bradley issued one walk in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday, striking out one and earning the save over San Diego.
After Bradley allowed three runs in Saturday's win, it was a positive sign to see him get the very next save opportunity and close the door without much drama. The 28-year-old is now 6-for-7 in save chances this season with a 4.00 ERA and 11:3 K:BB across nine innings.
Bradley allowed three runs on five hits and struck out one over 1.1 innings but was credited with his fifth save in Saturday's 7-6 win over the Padres.
Bradley was needed for eighth-inning duty to put out the fire Taylor Widener started, but then he nearly lost the game himself in the ninth inning. It took textbook positioning by catcher Carson Kelly and a nice tag on the final play of the game to prevent the Diamondbacks from blowing the 7-1 lead they held after seven innings. This was Bradley's first flare-up through seven appearances, so it should not be cause for alarm.
Bradley allowed just one walk and struck out none in one inning to earn the save in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Padres.
Bradley walked Tommy Pham with one out, but he was able to retire Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers after that to preserve the lead. The 27-year-old Bradley is 1-0 with three saves, a 1.93 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and seven strikeouts in 4.2 innings this season. He looks fairly stable in the ninth-inning role for the Diamondbacks in the shortened 2020 campaign.
Bradley earned the save against the Dodgers on Friday after tossing a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and a walk while striking out two.
Summoned to protect a two-run lead in the ninth inning, the right-hander found himself in some trouble after walking Matt Beaty and surrendering a double to Mookie Betts. Luckily he was able to force Cody Bellinger to pop out on the first pitch, finishing off the win for the Diamondbacks. The save was Bradley's second in three chances.
Bradley struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to record his first save of the season in a 4-1 win over the Rangers.
He needed only 14 pitches to mow down Danny Santana, Rougned Odor and Joey Gallo, getting all three on swinging strikes. Bradley has had trouble seizing the closer role on a full-time basis over the last couple years, but if Tuesday's performance is any indication, this might be the season he finally claims the job for good.
Bradley (1-0) allowed a run on three hits and struck out two over 1.2 innings to earn the win Sunday versus the Padres.
Bradley entered with two runners on and one out in the eighth inning and allowed an inherited runner to score, sticking him with the blown save. The Diamondbacks scored twice in the ninth to get him off the hook, and while he allowed a run in the bottom half of the inning, he held on to secure the win. Bradley's roller-coaster outing aside, he's still got the upper hand on the closing role under manager Torey Lovullo.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo has confirmed Bradley's status as the team's closer, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Bradley was widely expected to be the Diamondbacks' closer after serving in that role in for the final two months of the 2019 season. Still, it's a role he held and lost at the start of 2019, so he should not be considered a closer that has maximum job security, particularly in a shortened 60-game season, where every game takes on playoff-like significance.
Bradley struck out three batters in a four-out inning during an intra-squad game Monday, Derek Montilla of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.
The Diamondbacks, who had been working out at their spring training home at Salt River Fields, returned home to Chase Field to play an intra-squad game and Bradley was dominant in his inning. Bradley, who held, lost and reclaimed the closing role in 2019, will open the season as the Diamondbacks' finisher in 2020.
Bradley built a full weight room that includes a pitching mound at his ranch in Oklahoma, Kevin Zimmerman of Arizona Sports reports.
Bradley has been staying in baseball shape along with friend and fellow MLB hurler Adrian Houser of the Brewers in Oklahoma. "One day I'm super motivated and I'm locked in ready to get back to the season and the next day it's like, 'Oh, well, we're - we don't even have a spring training date set. What am I working out for right now?' It's such a weird time," said Bradley. The right-hander is coming off a rocky season in which he lost the closer's job but returned to that role over the final two months. He entered the spring as the closer and did nothing to lose the confidence of manager Torey Lovullo since then.
Bradley threw a scoreless inning in Wednesday's spring game against Cleveland.
Bradley did not allow a hit or walk a batter while throwing nine pitches (eight strikes) in the fourth inning. This was Bradley's second Cactus League appearance, and he's allowed one hit with a strikeout in two scoreless innings. He enters the year as Arizona's closer for now, but it wasn't too long ago that Bradley pitched himself out of that role.
Bradley will make $4.1 million this season after beating the Diamondbacks in arbitration, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
His employer had filed at $3.625 million. Bradley is expected to close after saving 18 games with a 3.52 ERA last season, though manager Mike Hazen still referred to the team's closer situation as a "competition," with Hector Rondon seemingly Bradley's main rival for the job.
Bradley is expected to be the primary closer for the Diamondbacks in 2020, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Arizona general manager Mike Hazen talked about the team's closing situation after the Diamondbacks made official the signing of Hector Rondon, a power pitcher with closing experience. Bradley had an inconsistent season and at one point was not trusted to pitch when the Diamondbacks were leading, but he finished the season as the team's closer. "I would imagine, given where we were at the end of the year, that there will be some incumbency to be considered," Hazen said. "But that won't 100 percent overshadow competition. But I think certainly Archie performed very well for us in that role down the stretch." He saved all 14 opportunities with a 2.12 ERA, 17 strikeouts and seven walks in 17 innings over the final 17 appearances.
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