9 Phillies Who Won't Return in 2024

The Philadelphia Phillies' core roster should remain intact for another deep playoff run in 2024, but that doesn't mean there aren't some players who will be on their way out of town this offseason.

Aaron Nola highlights the list of nine Phillies who will not be back in Philadelphia in 2024.
Aaron Nola highlights the list of nine Phillies who will not be back in Philadelphia in 2024. / Rob Schumacher/The Republic / USA TODAY
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2. Craig Kimbrel

After his NLCS collapse, it's going to be a lot easier to watch Kimbrel go than Nola.

You probably don't want me to go over it in detail, but I'm going to anyway. Kimbrel was nails early in the playoffs. including Game 1 of the NLCS. He pitched four one-inning appearances, giving up just 1 hit and 2 walks with no earned runs. Then came his back-to-back losses in Games 3 and 4 plus an uninspired showing in Game 6, giving up 4 earned runs in 2.0 innings across those final three appearances.

Still, it was a strong season overall for the 35-year-old, finishing with a 3.26 ERA and 23 saves.

Kimbrel’s now played for seven teams in his MLB career however, and he’s not a guy who has any qualms jumping around. He’s not gonna get a long-term deal anywhere at his age, and that one-year mercenary contract approach isn't something that lends itself well to staying in the same city for long.

It would be well worth looking past his NLCS woes to bring Kimbrel back, but ultimately there's going to be a ton of competition for his services, and the Phillies would be wise to avoid getting into a bidding war here.