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Report: Craig Kimbrel To Cubs

Written by Jameus Mooney

In a rather shocking development, the Cubs have reportedly reached an agreement with free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

The Cubs came out on Sunday claiming that they were trying to make a heavy push, despite claiming for over a year they couldn’t afford him. The Cubs bullpen woes have been well-documented with more of a closer-by-committee thus far and Brad Brach at the forefront. The Cubs just saved a lot of money by Ben Zobrist forfeiting his salary to hit the restricted list while he and his wife go through the process of divorce. 

For Kimbrel, he’s arguably the best closer in baseball but wanted too-many years to justify giving up the compensation pick that was attached to him until Monday (due to the qualifying offer he received from Boston). Terms currently aren’t known.

Kimbrel came up as part of the lights-out Atlanta pen that featured him, Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty. He was then traded to San Diego before ultimately heading to Boston and getting his first World Championship last season. He has an awe-inspiring 1.91 ERA, with 868 strikeouts and 333 saves over his first 9 major-league seasons. 

Per Rosenthal, it will be a multi-year agreement. It is currently pending a physical. There are 3 years on the deal, including this season. This will only actually be 2 1/2 years, and he’ll make close to $45M over the duration of deal. 

The Dodgers, Mets, Brewers, Braves, Twins and Phillies have all also been in discussions with the right-hander, per various reports. 

UPDATE: ESPNs Jeff Passan reports that it is, in fact, one year. Keuchel has a $20M salary, prorated to $13M.

PSE will keep you updated as more details are available.


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