Craig Kimbrel’s lottery was extended for months until last year’s regular season, and all the while the Braves were seen as one of the favorites to land the hard-to-reach for several reasons. First of all, the Atlanta bubble used to be a disgrace, and apparently there was a long history of nothing but incredible memories between the two countries.
Kimbrell came out with the Braves and made his major league debut as a 22-year-old in 2010. He continued to finish this season with an unprecedented 0.44 ERA, and although it was a sample size of just 21 appearances, he proved he didn’t is fake over the next four seasons, making four consecutive All-Star games and leading the National League in savings each year. However, after the 201
Fast forward five years and Kimbrell became an unlimited free agent after playing a critical role in the start of the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series. There were rumors about him looking for a contract in the range of 100 million dollars. However, no team deviated – not even the Braves, who needed desperate help from a bulped – until Cuba signed him to a three-year, $ 43 million contract in June 2019, which was indeed a $ 48 million deal. whereas he was paid an estimated salary of $ 10 million last year and owed $ 16 million in 2020 and 2021. There is also a $ 1 million buyout for the 2022 season that the dice will almost certainly pick up unless things do not turn quickly.
Kimbrell was a mess last year. He appeared in just 23 games for Chicago, recording a 0-4 record with a 6.53 ERA, including 3 saves in 16 attempts. And this season, Kimbrell is heading for an even worse start after her first outing yesterday, in which she entered to finish with a three-point lead. He continued to walk four tests and hit another while recording only one, before finally being removed from the game. Fortunately for him, the Cubes managed to hold on and win with mileage. Still, it’s clear that Kimbrell is no longer the closer and more perennial All-Star he has been in his entire career, and this could prove to be one of the worst signings of Cubs’ free agents.
The Braves, on the other hand, escaped with a bullet, betraying their former star. Fans were sold out in nostalgia, but that’s just a reminder that sometimes GM knows best. Alex Antopoulos has done a pretty good job so far in making decisions when it comes to free agents. Given the rigor of Liberty Media over the years, signing Kimbrell would be detrimental to the team’s future success. However, it is worth noting that the money that Braves saved from Kimbrel’s move was not exactly put to the best use. Cole Hamels signed a one-year, $ 18 million deal with Atlanta this offseason and has a significant chance he will never win after being recently placed in the 45-day IL. However, crossing the Kimbrell leaves the Braves with a tone of flexibility moving forward.