The Philadelphia Phillies have several relievers who are dealing with injuries, and it just so happens that one of the best closers in MLB history remains a free agent. However, it doesn’t seem like there has been any real urgency from them to sign him.
Any team that chooses to sign Craig Kimbrel before June 2 would have to give up a second-round draft pick as compensation. The Phillies don’t have a second-round pick, however, so they would only have to give up a third, or No. 91 overall. Despite that, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic noted that they have shown no desire to sign Kimbrel now to avoid the potential of multiple teams being interested in him on June 2.
The Phillies have four relievers — Victor Arano, Tommy Hunter, Edubray Ramos and David Robertson — on the injured list, and Rosenthal speculates that giving up a third-round pick is not what is stopping them from signing Kimbrel.