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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. akrasian Posted: April 23, 2019 at 03:57 AM (#5834348)
How much have his demands actually been reduced?

Keep in mind that he would cost the signing team a comp pick and international money too.

His K rate last season was declining, and his walk rate was high. Will he improve after skipping spring training?

He'll need to be willing to give a second year at a reasonable price as an option. If he waits until after the draft so he doesn't cost the comp pick, maybe then he'll get good money

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