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Craig Kimbrel | Relief Pitcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Craig Kimbrel notched his 31st save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning against the Marlins on Saturday.
Kimbrel took the mound with the Padres holding onto a 5-3 lead. He retired all three batters he faced and ended the game with a strikeout of J.T. Realmuto. At various times over the last week, the all-world closer was attached to multiple trade rumors. None of them came to fruition, though, and Kimbrel should close out the season in San Diego. He holds a 2.76 ERA and 58/15 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings while going 31-for-33 in save chances. Aug 1 - 10:05 PM

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Evan Drellich was told by an Astros source that the "ship has sailed" on Craig Kimbrel.

The Yankees also aren't getting Kimbrel, so it appears the reliever is probably staying put. The Astros could still acquire Aroldis Chapman to bolster their bullpen.
Jul 31 - 3:58 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that talks between the Yankees and Padres regarding Craig Kimbrel "broke down" on Thursday.

ESPN's Buster Olney adds that the two sides haven't had any talks on Friday, so it appears that ship might have sailed. The Yankees are still in the market for a reliever, though, with Carter Capps and possibly Aroldis Chapman piquing their interest.
Jul 31 - 12:34 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Yankees "keep hammering away" at a trade for Craig Kimbrel.

The Astros and Red Sox have also talked to the Padres about Kimbrel, but it appears the Yankees might be the frontrunner here. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman hears that the Padres have sought shortstop prospect Jorge Mateo in a deal for Kimbrel. The Yanks had been viewing him as untouchable but might be altering that position. Acquiring Kimbrel would give New York a dynamic trio at the back-end of the bullpen, with Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller serving in setup roles.
Jul 31 - 9:12 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that rival executives view the Yankees as the favorite to land Craig Kimbrel from the Padres.

The Yankees are in the market for both rotation and bullpen help. Kimbrel would join Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller to form perhaps the finest late-inning trio in all of baseball. The Padres are currently listening to offers on many of their players and expected to make big moves before Friday's deadline.
Jul 30 - 11:16 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Astros are "monitoring the relief market" and have discussed Craig Kimbrel, Joaquin Benoit and Francisco Rodriguez.

It doesn't sound like they're close to anything, but it appears the Astros are interested in adding to what has been a very good bullpen. Of the three aforementioned relievers, only Benoit could be a free agent after the season (he has an $8 million club option for 2016).

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Craig Kimbrel's name "has at least surfaced" in the Padres' trade talks with the Yankees.

As Heyman notes, it's hard to see a fit given that the Yankees already have a dynamic 1-2 punch with Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller at the back-end of their bullpen. They would seem likelier to add one of the starters the Padres are shopping, with Heyman saying the Bombers "are investigating most starters and relievers on the market."
Jul 27 - 11:18 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals are "hottest" on Craig Kimbrel.

The Nats have also been linked to Aroldis Chapman, as they appear determined to land an elite closer despite Drew Storen's fine season. Rosenthal adds that the Padres asked for Trea Turner (who they traded to Washington over the winter) from the Nationals in trade talks but were told it wouldn't happen.
Jul 27 - 10:35 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Nationals and Blue Jays are among the teams looking into acquiring Padres closer Craig Kimbrel.

Washington and Toronto have also been linked to Jonathan Papelbon and Aroldis Chapman. It's a market flush with late-inning relief help, with Tyler Clippard, Francisco Rodriguez, and Jim Johnson also being dangled publicly ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Kimbrel has been his usual dominant self after a shaky first few months in a Padres uniform, boasting a 2.75 ERA and 55/15 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 total innings along with 29 saves.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 27 - 9:22 AM

Craig Kimbrel needed only four pitches to dispatch the Giants for his 26th save as the Padres emerged victorious 4-2 on Monday.

Kimbrel induced ground outs from Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco before getting Hector Sanchez to fly out to end the contest. The right-hander is now 26-for-27 in save chances with a 2.97 ERA and a 52/14 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings.
Jul 21 - 1:37 AM

Craig Kimbrel nailed down his 25th save of the season Saturday in the Padres' 5-4 defeat of the Rockies.

Kimbrel struck out all three batters he faced in an impressive ninth-inning performance. He still carries a way-higher-than-normal 3.06 ERA, but the 27-year-old right-hander has been much better lately and should remain a top-tier fantasy closer going forward.
Jul 18 - 11:47 PM

Craig Kimbrel tossed 1 1/3 innings to pick up his 23rd save on Sunday, though he also allowed a run in the 2-1 win over the Rangers.

Remarkably, this was the first time all season that Kimbrel pitched more than one inning. Up 2-0, he entered to face Shin-Soo Choo with two outs in the eighth and runners on first and third. Choo grounded out to end that frame, but Kimbrel would create problems all his own in the ninth. He allowed three hits in the inning, including a Rougned Odor RBI single, before striking out Leonys Marin with runners on first and second to end the game. It's been an interesting season for the all-world closer, who is 23-for-24 in save chances (with two losses) and holds a 3.24 ERA in 33 1/3 innings. If his current 1.29 WHIP holds around that level for the rest of the season, it would be the worst of his career.
Jul 12 - 6:47 PM

Craig Kimbrel completed a scoreless 11th inning Thursday against the Cardinals for his 20th save of the season.

Asked to hold a two-run lead, Kimbrel gave up a leadoff single to Kolten Wong before retiring the next three batters. The 27-year-old has allowed just one earned run over his last 15 appearances, pulling his ERA down from 5.74 to 3.30 in the process. He's been getting better results of late, but his walks are still way up from where he's been in recent years.
Jul 3 - 12:08 AM

Craig Kimbrel took a loss Tuesday after allowing a run in the top of the ninth inning against the A's.

Kimbrel issued a leadoff walk to Sam Fuld, a two-out walk to Billy Burns, and then a go-ahead RBI single to Eric Sogard. Kimbrel has struggled uncharacteristically with run prevention this season, holding a 3.81 ERA in 26 innings. He had a 1.43 ERA in 289 innings with the Braves between 2010-2014.
Jun 16 - 6:51 PM

Craig Kimbrel struck out two and recorded his 15th save in a perfect 11th inning during Thursday's 6-4 win over the Braves.

Kimbrel entered the game holding a 6-4 lead. He didn't play around. After inducing a groundball out from Andrelton Simmons to open the 11th inning, Kimbrel struck out Christian Bethancourt and Jonny Gomes to end the game sans dramatics. He is now 15-for-16 in save chances. His 3.91 ERA is higher than you'd like to see for a closer, but Kimbrel's stuff remains top-notch. He holds a 34/9 K/BB ratio in 23 innings.
Jun 11 - 5:25 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Austin Hedges
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Jedd Gyorko
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Wil Myers
2Melvin Upton
RF1Matt Kemp
2Will Venable
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Andrew Cashner
3Ian Kennedy
4Tyson Ross
5Brandon Morrow
6Odrisamer Despaigne
7Josh Johnson
8Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Joaquin Benoit
3Shawn Kelley
4Dale Thayer
5Brandon Maurer
6Marcos Mateo
7Kevin Quackenbush
8Marc Rzepczynski