Craig Kimbrel Free Agent

Age: 30 (May 28, 1988) | 6' 0" | 210lbs. | Throws: Right P-63
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
ATL NL 2014 0 3 47 0 63 0 61.2 30 2 26 95 1.61 0.91 0.75 3.8 13.9 .262 41/23/35 38 25
SD NL 2015 4 2 39 0 61 0 59.1 40 6 22 87 2.58 1.04 1.01 3.3 13.2 .297 46/20/34 33 21
BOS AAA 2016 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 1 0 0 0 0.00 3.00 3.00 0.0 0.0 .515 n/a
BOS AL 2016 2 6 31 0 57 0 53.0 28 4 30 83 3.40 1.09 0.92 5.1 14.1 .265 29/23/48 24 16
BOS AL 2017 5 0 35 1 67 0 69.0 33 6 14 126 1.43 0.68 0.71 1.8 16.4 .282 37/19/44 45 31
BOS AL 2018 5 1 42 0 63 0 62.1 31 7 31 96 2.74 0.99 0.91 4.5 13.9 .231 28/25/47 38 23
Career 9yrs 31 19 333 1 542 0 532.1 285 35 205 868 1.91 0.92 0.83 3.5 14.7 .283 n/a
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Went as the first overall reserve pick.


In our league (AL only), you can auction guys (like minor leaguers) who aren't in the ML roster, you just have to fill the spot with a reserve guy.  But players who are free agents on Opening Day go into the reserve draft.

Mike Dean TMU2009

Well interesting in the sense that is wasn't anticipated but looks likely to happen.  Remember we debated this possibility for Machado and Harper here on PattonandCo back in January.  Seems like a new rule is needed as these cases are becoming commonplace.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

Not an interesting case at all ... such a slam dunk no-brainer under our rules that it's actually pretty boring.

Since this kind of thing seems to be becoming more common, I'm going to propose a rule change effective next year - if a player who is not ROTY eligible is signed by an NL team before the auction date but isn't on their opening day roster, he can be included in the auction - but the opening bid has to be $15 or more.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope

Kimbrel now makes for an interesting case for NL only leagues like the one Texpope and DropDeadFred and I are in.

If he signs with Milwaukee or another NL team but isn't on the opening day roster, he is not auction eligible and therefore makes for a very interesting first overall pick at $15 in the Ultra draft.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

Alex of course the Sox could offer him less than the QO he rejected, but for Kimbrel that QO has to be the absolute floor,  even now.  It looks to me like he is in a staring contest with Milwaukee to get a second/third year or to get like $25+ million on a one-year deal.

And if it were me I would be looking to fire my agent right after signing a one year deal.  He clearly misjudged the market.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

Second half velo dropoff screwed his pooch. Hmm, don't know where that colorful language came from. No one in the front office full of Ivy League business people and statisticians wants to be the stupid one anymore, so any sign of weakness makes you vulnerable. This makes sense, even if it validates the data heads.

The problem for players is they were paid peanuts in their best years, and then were paid off in their late 20s for their contributions. That doesn't conform to reality, so the sham of free agency is over. Which is why so many are locking in extensions this week. There is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There is TJ or Labrum or debridement. When your free agency comes, in most cases, you've shot your wad.

The PA has to fix this. The Owners do, too.

And if they don't, baseball will take a turn. There're always the games in the park.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

He's not going to get a Chris Sale contract. He may have expected it (he's one year older) and he's lowered his expectations.

He won't get a one-year offer that equals the qualifying offer.

By the rules, can the Red Sox lower their offer? If they can, why don't they?

Alex Patton Alex

Coals to Newcastle. While the World Champs seem to be wearing the emperor's clothes.

Alex Patton Alex

Rotoworld saying Brewers are in 'serious talks'.

Ridiculous bullpen if that happens - they might as well call the game if the Brewers are up after 5 innings.

Keith Prosseda andypro