Braves reportedly not finalists in Craig Kimbrel sweepstakes

Braves reportedly not finalists in Craig Kimbrel sweepstakes

The deal would end a freakish offseason for Kimbrel, the top reliever on the free-agent market who hadn't signed since helping the Red Sox win the 2018 World Series.

Kimbrel's market has heated up over the last two days now that he is no longer tied to draft pick compensation, but no favorite had emerged before Wednesday.

Craig Kimbrel, a seven-time All-Star, agreed to a three-year, $43 million contract. The team has yet to confirm the move.

Kimbrel likely won't be pitching for the Cubs for a couple of weeks, at the earliest, assuming he ends up signing in Chicago. Their 1.88 K/BB ratio is a bit of an eyesore too.


Rosenthal reported over the weekend that the Cubs had entered the mix for Kimbrel.

Since the start of the season, when the health of Brandon Morrow has made his availability to take the field for the team at all a question mark, many wondered if Boston's closer from 2018 might make his way to Chicago.

The Cubs were in desperate need of bullpen help, having gone 12-for-23 in save chances this season. He still has to get game ready and prepare to face big league hitters.

The Cubs' boldness puts more scrutiny on the Cardinals' cautious front-office approach that is personified by president of baseball operations John Mozeliak.


The Cubs go into Wednesday's game with 33-26 record that had them percentage points ahead of the Brewers in the NL Central.

Free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel is getting closer to signing on the dotted line.

Kimbrel - who never has had fewer than 31 saves since 2011, his second season - has 333 career saves.


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