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Kaplan: Cubs, White Sox discussing Kimbrel trade

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USA TODAY

Four years and a few weeks after the Cubs and White Sox struck a blockbuster deal before the MLB trade deadline, could the crosstown rivals make another big move?

According to NBC Sports Chicago's David Kaplan, the Cubs and Sox are continuing to discuss a potential trade for All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel.

As Kaplan points out, there's no shortage of suitors for Kimbrel, the top reliever and one of the hottest names overall on the market.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported early Friday the Cubs are "sorting through plenty of offers" for the right-hander.

The White Sox have their own All-Star closer in Liam Hendriks. Adding Kimbrel and his 0.49 ERA and 0.709 WHIP to the bullpen would give the South Siders the top 1-2 relief punch in all of baseball.

The North and South Siders, who came together in 2017 for a trade that sent José Quintana to the Cubs for a prospect package including Eloy Jiménez and Dylan Cease, also made a trade Thursday.

The Cubs sent Ryan Tepera, who along with Kimbrel and Andrew Chafin formed a lockdown relief trio this season, to the Sox for pitching prospect Bailey Horn.

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