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Craig Kimbrel | Relief Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Wallace State CC
Contract: view contract details

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Red Sox acquired RHP Craig Kimbrel from the Padres for OF Manuel Margot, INF Javier Guerra, INF Carlos Asuaje and LHP Logan Allen.
While it won't solve the Red Sox woes in the starting rotation, having a lockdown option in the ninth inning will certainly improve the pitching staff as a whole. The 27-year-old right-hander has been the best closer in the business since he broke in with the Braves in 2010, compiling a microscopic 1.63 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 563/130 K/BB ratio over 348 1/3 innings. Nov 13 - 8:28 PM

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Red Sox have acquired closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres.

The Padres will reportedly receive a package of four prospects in return. Dave Dombrowski has long favored power arms at the back end of the bullpen, and he now has one of the best in the business closing games for his new club. The Red Sox will take on the remainder of Kimbrel's contract, which will pay him $11 million in 2016, $13 million in 2017 and includes a $13 million club option for 2018 ($1 million buyout).
Nov 13 - 7:46 PM

Craig Kimbrel gave up an unearned run to blow his fourth save against the Giants on Wednesday.

Buster Posey led off the ninth by popping a fly ball that right fielder Matt Kemp bobbled. Brandon Crawford next sliced a ball down the left field line for a double, leaving runners at second and third with no outs. It sure looked like Kimbrel would wriggle from the jam after striking out the next two batters, but a wild pitch brought home Posey. Luckily for the Padres, they scored in the bottom of the frame to make Kimbrel (2.72 ERA) the unwitting winner.
Sep 24 - 1:53 AM

Craig Kimbrel notched his 37th save of the season by striking out three over 1 1/3 scoreless frames in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

Kimbrel hasn't gone an appearance without striking out a batter since July. By only his standards of excellence is this a down year. Most any reliever in baseball would happily take a 2.82 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 37 saves.
Sep 17 - 12:45 AM

Craig Kimbrel blew the save, but the Padres still found a way to win on Tuesday against the Rockies.

Kimbrel got two quick outs to start the ninth inning and it looked like he'd be able to preserve the Padres' 1-0 lead, but Nolan Arenado swatted a solo home run to left field to knot the game up. The Padres would walk off winners in the bottom of the ninth, so the right-hander vultured a win. It's only the third blown save of the year in 39 save situations for Kimbrel, who now has a 2.89 ERA with a 74/20 K/BB ratio over 53 innings.
Sep 9 - 1:02 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Craig Kimbrel has been claimed on revocable waivers.

Rosenthal was told by a Padres official that they have "no intention" of trading the closer. San Diego did entertain offers for Kimbrel prior to the deadline, but obviously it's not ideal to only be able to negotiate with one team. Kimbrel is owed $24 million from 2016-17 and the Padres have a $13 million club option or $1 million buyout on him for 2018.
Aug 28 - 1:49 PM

Craig Kimbrel allowed a run in the ninth inning, but still got his 34th save in Monday's 5-3 win against the Braves.

Kimbrel allowed a leadoff single to Nick Markakis, then walked A.J. Pierzynski to bring the tying run to the plate. He struck out Adonis Garcia, but allowed a run-scoring single to Jace Peterson, putting the potential tying run on first. Kimbrel bounced back, striking out Nick Swisher before getting Andrelton Simmons to fly out to right field to end the game. The right-hander is 34-for-36 in save chances with a 2.66 ERA and a 65/16 K/BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings.
Aug 18 - 1:19 AM

Craig Kimbrel notched his 33rd save of the season Saturday in the Padres' 7-5 win over the Rockies.

Kimbrel struck out one of the two batters he faced in a perfect ninth inning. The 27-year-old star closer is 33-for-35 in save opportunities this season with a 2.53 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 63/16 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 innings.
Aug 15 - 11:34 PM

Craig Kimbrel worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 32nd save as the Padres held on for a 2-1 win on Monday against the Reds.

Using 13 pitches, Kimbrel got Billy Hamilton to fly out, Brandon Phillips to strike out, and Eugenio Suarez to ground out in an easy ninth inning. Though he hasn't been quite as dominant, Kimbrel still ranks among the game's best closers this season. He's 32-for-34 in save situations with a 2.64 ERA and a 61/16 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings.
Aug 11 - 1:34 AM

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

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).

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C1Blake Swihart
2Ryan Hanigan
3Christian Vazquez
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2Travis Shaw
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Marco Hernandez
3B1Pablo Sandoval
2Deven Marrero
LF1Jackie Bradley
CF1Mookie Betts
RF1Rusney Castillo
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rick Porcello
3Wade Miley
4Eduardo Rodriguez
5Joe Kelly
6Steven Wright
7Henry Owens
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Koji Uehara
3Junichi Tazawa
4Robbie Ross
5Tommy Layne
6Heath Hembree
7Jonathan Aro
8Williams Jerez
9Pat Light
10Matt Barnes
11Noe Ramirez
12Roman Mendez
13Brandon Workman