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Craig Kimbrel Newsbeat

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Report: Cubs have agreement with Kimbrel

The Cubs are in agreement with free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel on a deal, pending the completion of a physical, sources told MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Wednesday night. The club has not confirmed the news.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2019 at 08:47 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, cubs

Monday, May 13, 2019

Report: Rays are still interested in Craig Kimbrel

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are still in communication with free agent closer Craig Kimbrel, for whatever that’s worth at this point in the season. Topkin doesn’t reveal exactly how far along any potential discussions between the two sides might be, but it’s probably safe to say the Rays aren’t close to offering a formal deal just yet.

The bigger question: Is he still interested in them?

QLE Posted: May 13, 2019 at 04:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cold stove, craig kimbrel, rays

Friday, April 19, 2019

Craig Kimbrel could help any NL East contender solve a division-wide problem

WASHINGTON— Progressively, the lines of desperation and declined price will have to intersect.

At least it would seem. Craig Kimbrel’s demands reportedly are receding during his extended unemployment. The needs of contenders in the National League East’s rock fight continue to increase day by day. The sides should be on a path to merge. Right?

Take this week.

Atlanta announced closer Arodys Vizcaino underwent right shoulder surgery. He’s out for the season. This the day after his would-be replacement, A.J. Minter, gave up three earned runs in ⅔ of an inning. Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos acknowledged he heard the chants from Braves fans Tuesday night demanding he sign Kimbrel.

Unlike Ichiro, who could only help any NL East contender if he wanted to.

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:27 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, nl east

Monday, April 15, 2019

Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel reportedly are lowering their free agent asking prices

Work can be hard to find for All-Stars these days. Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel can attest to that.

The pair of free-agent pitchers have not yet found a home two weeks into the regular season because teams haven’t been willing to meet their asking prices. However, that may change soon as the pair reportedly are willing to accept smaller deals.

On Saturday night, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that Kimbrel is now seeking a three-year deal at a lower annual average value than he originally demanded. Meanwhile, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported on Sunday that Keuchel could be open to a one-year deal.

How much longer these players’ absences will continue is a tough questions. Some teams may prefer to wait until June when the draft pick penalty no longer applies. But something needed to change, and apparently that may be the players’ asking prices.

As with the limbo, it will be interesting to see how low they can go….

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, dallas keuchel, free agency

Sunday, April 14, 2019

MLB Rumors: Here are Craig Kimbrel’s latest contract demands

The 2019 MLB season is in full swing, and Craig Kimbrel still doesn’t have a team.

It’s bizarre seeing one of the best closers of all time still on the market, especially when you consider the number of teams in need of bullpen help. But according to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, Kimbrel’s asking price remains far too high. As recently as late March, the 2018 World Series Champion has asked for a five-year deal worth approximately $100 million.

Bowden writes:

“When the market didn’t develop for Kimbrel like [Kimbrel’s agent David Meter] thought it would, he stuck to his guns and, even as late as March, was still seeking a five-year pact in the $100 million range.  It was a clear miscalculation of Kimbrel’s true market value, and not consistent with the actual offers or ranges teams had given him.”

I’m disappointed- I was hoping for him to be making truly strange demands, like for a helicopter, or to be always followed around in the clubhouse by two uniformed menservants.

QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, craig kimbrel, hot stove

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Nationals and Phillies trade bullpen meltdowns as Craig Kimbrel still sits on the market

For all the money both teams spent in the offseason, the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies have the same weakness: Their bullpens.

Both teams provided a masterclass in late-inning failures during the Nationals’ 9-8 win Wednesday.

The Nationals bullpen collapsed first, giving up four runs in the eighth inning. Tony Sipp, Trevor Rosenthal and Kyle Barraclough all played a role in the disastrous inning. While Barraclough gave up the hits that allowed all four runs to score, Rosenthal’s performance is far more concerning.

With the Nationals now down by two runs, it was Philadelphia’s turn to implode. Seranthony Domínguez allowed a single and then a run-scoring double to cut the Phillies’ lead to one run in the eighth. A few batters later, the tying run came around to score on an error.

Bullpens blow games on the Eastern Seaboard!

Bullpens blow games while Craig Kimbrel sits!

 

 

QLE Posted: April 04, 2019 at 05:16 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, nationals, phillies

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Which MLB free agent would be better for Mets: Craig Kimbrel or Dallas Keuchel?

According to The Athletic, the Mets continue to check in on the market for closer Craig Kimbrel and starter Dallas Keuchel, which I’m sure is true. However, team sources Sunday were quick to leak to several reporters that Rosenthal’s report is a bit overstated and that the team is simply doing standard due diligence.

I have no doubt that Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is always in touch with other teams and agents, keeping an open mind to any way his team can improve. So, the above report and response shouldn’t be surprising because, 1) the Mets have available money in their 2019 budget, 2) they remain $30-40 million under the luxury tax threshold, and 3) both players would significantly improve Van Wagenen’s roster.

The thing is, if given the green light and forced to choose, should Van Wagenen go Keuchel or Kimbrel?

The bigger question- given the reputation of the Mets’ medical staff, why would either of them want to sign with the team?

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 04:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, dallas keuchel, mets

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

MLB rumors: Brewers talking to former Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel

We’re just over one week away from Opening Day, and Craig Kimbrel somehow remains unsigned.

But finally, there appears to be a team showing interest in the former Red Sox closer. That team is the Brewers, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The hot stove that never ends marches on!

QLE Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:42 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, craig kimbrel, hot stove

Thursday, March 07, 2019

The Separate Paths of Craig Kimbrel and the Red Sox | FanGraphs Baseball

Not even a mention of Darwinzon Hernandez? That’s a pretty big oversight. If he doesn’t break camp with the team, it won’t be too long before he’s making a real impact on their bullpen. Lakins and Shawaryn I expect will provide some depth as well.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2019 at 10:38 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen, craig kimbrel, red sox

 

 

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