Craig Kimbrel Chicago Cubs

Age: 31 (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
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
BOS AL 2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0 0.00 n/a -0 -0
CHC NL 2019 0 2 9 0 15 0 13.0 14 5 8 19 6.23 1.69 1.96 5.5 13.2 .338 32/24/44 3 1
Career 10yrs 31 21 342 1 557 0 545.1 299 40 213 887 2.01 0.94 0.85 3.5 14.6 .285 n/a
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Chicago Cubs – Craig Kimbrel was placed on the 10-day IL with a knee issue. The Cubs could deploy a committee in his absence, with Brandon Kintzler and/or Steve Cishek getting at least a share of the opportunities. 

Updated hierarchy: *Kintzler | Cishek | Wick.
* = closer-by-committee

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 6

The second one was apparently a tough one as well...

After a groundout, an 8 pitch walk, where the last two balls weren't close.  Then a double.

Had Russell taken the out on Frazier's grounder, Kimbrel would have been able to get out of the inning with a tie.  Trying to cut down the runner and not getting the out set up the game winning sac fly.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jul 4

Gets the save when Russo just does beat Freeman to the bag for the last out with two runners on.

"The first one's always the tough one," Kimbrel said. He could have added, "Especially when you don't cover first."

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 28

Chicago Cubs — At long last, Craig Kimbrel will join a major league roster today. Kimbrel will be activated before this afternoon’s game against his old friends from Atlanta, and should immediately take over the ninth for the Cubs.

Updated hierarchy: Kimbrel | Strop | Cishek.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 27

Atlanta Braves – After Jacob Webb allowed back-to-back doubles with one out in the eighth inning, the Braves went straight to their closer Luke Jackson.  Jackson struck out both batters he faced in the eighth and then after a leadoff single in the ninth, he went on to strike out the side.  Former Braves’ closer Craig Kimbrel will no longer cost a draft pick if signed after midnight tonight and this story picks the Braves as a likely landing spot for the free agent.

Hierarchy remains: Jackson | Newcomb | Webb.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 2

April 18, 2019

Atlanta Braves — Arodys Vizcaino underwent shoulder surgery and will miss the rest of the season. With Atlanta’s bullpen in shambles, AJ Minter will likely continue to get the bulk of the save chances — unless the team decides to sign Craig Kimbrel. If they’re interested in Kimbrel, the Braves may have to act quickly to stave off the Brewers.

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 18

Braves signing seems inevitable

stephen stoneburn baggies
Apr 17

Keuchel may be like Moustakas.  He may sign a one year deal and even not having a qualifying offer may not be enough to get a much better deal the next year.  Meanwhile, Kimbrel is a lights out reliever, well better than what people can acquire at the trade deadline.  He can get a pillow contract this year and then should be able to get a better deal next just because there's nothing to give up other than cash to sign him.  The problem is, as we've discussed before, pitchers who signed late into spring training or thereafter last year all had bad years.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Apr 2

I think part of the problem for Kimbrel and Keuchel is that their egos will not let them sign for less than the qualifying offers they confidently rejected on their way (they assumed) to four years at $100 million. Of course, the problem (beyond believing their agents) is that both pitchers have equated money with happiness, even if they are both probably fuming at home over their situations. And needless to say, even if they never play ball again, neither of them will ever worry about money. The closest analogy I have to their situation is losing at musical chairs in the first grade. You can either stomp off or decide the game itself is more fun that your anger at momentarily losing. 

Walter Shapiro WShapiro
Apr 2

Sounds right to me, unfortunately.  Although some relievers are ready sooner.  I believe Tony Sipp signed late with no spring training and made the team for opening day this season.

Eric Valdi farley
Apr 2