Friday, May 11, 2018

Phillies And Braves May Go After Sox Closer Craig Kimbrel In Free Agency

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While we're enjoying the 2018 season, it's easy to forget that a big part of this team—closer Craig Kimbrel—will be a free-agent at the end of the season. Despite some recent hiccups, Kimbrel is clearly still an elite closer who should command a contract that could break the record one signed by Aroldis Chapman (5 years, $86 million). So far this year, Kimbrel is 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA—with 10 saves and two blown saves. While the Red Sox are still the odds-on favorites to re-sign Kimbrel (2:1), the Philadelphia Phillies are regarded as the next most likely landing spot (6:1). The Fightins have money to burn and Kimbrel would bolster an already solid bullpen. After that, Kimbrel's old club—the Atlanta Braves—slot in at 8:1 odds (don't forget he's an Alabama native). So, enjoy his performances while you can—he might not be back.