Craig Kimbrel could be on a Major League Baseball mound sooner rather than later.
The veteran closer has been unsigned on the MLB free-agent market much longer than anyone anticipated, but MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported Tuesday that Kimbrel is getting "closer" to a decision.
Craig Kimbrel moving "closer" to a free-agent decision, source says, but his most likely destination remains unknown. #Brewers' motivation to sign Kimbrel hinges in part on Jeremy Jeffress, who returns to active roster today. Story: https://t.co/BJEKyO0vCJ @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 16, 2019
It was reported over the weekend that Kimbrel views Wade Davis' (three years, $52 million) and Zack Britton's (three years, $39 million) recent contracts as a fair range for his next deal.
Kimbrel is one of the best closers of his generation and tallied 108 saves over the last three seasons for the Boston Red Sox. He posted 42 saves with a 2.74 ERA, 96 strikeouts and 31 walks over 62 1/3 innings in 2018. He struggled in the postseason but did play a part in the Red Sox winning the World Series last October.
Contending teams would be wise to pursue Kimbrel. He's still a very good pitcher and would bring a wealth of postseason experience to any bullpen. Kimbrel also figures to be highly motivated to prove teams that passed on him in free agency wrong.
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