Phillies remain unlikely to sign Keuchel, Kimbrel

Bleacher Report

The Philadelphia Phillies continued their busy winter on Thursday by signing Bryce Harper to a 13-year, $330 million deal, but that megadeal may wind up being the last big splash the team makes this offseason. 

A source told MLB.com's Todd Zolecki that it is "unlikely" the Phillies sign starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel or closer Craig Kimbrel after reaching an agreement with Harper. Zolecki notes, though, that things could change if either free agent pursues a short-term deal.

While top free agents like Harper and Manny Machado have signed recently, both Keuchel and Kimbrel remain unsigned—but not because they are not coveted assets.

Keuchel, 31, is coming off a season in which he went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA in 34 starts, striking out 153 in 204.2 innings. The southpaw's impressive resume features two All-Star selections, the 2015 American League Cy Young award, four Gold Gloves and a World Series ring.

The former 20-game winner has a career 4-2 record in the postseason with a 3.31 ERA in 10 appearances (nine starts).

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