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Craig Kimbrel | Relief Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Craig Kimbrel (shoulder) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Wednesday and declared himself "ready."
According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, manager Fredi Gonzalez was "noncommittal" about using Kimbrel on Wednesday night because of the cold weather in Philadelphia. Kimbrel has been unavailable the past two games with mild shoulder soreness. Apr 16 - 4:58 PM

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Craig Kimbrel (shoulder) played catch Tuesday.

Kimbrel was unavailable to close out Monday's win over the Phillies due to shoulder soreness, but both he and the team downplayed the situation after the game. In fact, he's hoping to pitch Tuesday if the weather doesn't wipe out the game in Philadelphia. It's encouraging news, but fantasy owners should continue to cross their fingers.
Apr 15 - 2:26 PM

Craig Kimbrel is being listed as day-to-day with a sore right shoulder.

Obviously it's potentially worrisome anytime the shoulder is involved, but Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez isn't concerned, categorizing it as "normal soreness." Kimbrel is expected to be unavailable only for a few days. As a precaution, his fantasy owners should go ahead and pick up David Carpenter just in case. Carpenter converted the save Monday with a scoreless inning.
Apr 14 - 11:10 PM

Craig Kimbrel allowed one run in 2/3 of an inning, but escaped with his fourth save of the season in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Mets.

The Braves entered the ninth inning up 4-0, confident they wouldn't need Kimbrel, but Jordan Walden put two men on with one out and manager Fredi Gonzalez had to use his closer. Kimbrel allowed both inherited runners to score along with one of his own, but was able to slither away with the save. Mr. Automatic looked somewhat human.
Apr 9 - 10:09 PM

Craig Kimbrel converted his third save of the week Friday, striking out a pair over a perfect inning in a win over the Nationals.

Kimbrel wasn't particularly sharp in spring training, posting a 3.86 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 8/5 K/BB ratio over 9 1/3 innings. However, the fireballer has stepped up his game once the lights came on, as he's spun three perfect frames while striking out six. Setup man David Carpenter tallied three strikeouts of his own in his inning of work (though that was after he allowed a hit and a walk to start the frame.
Apr 4 - 4:43 PM

Craig Kimbrel struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to close out Wednesday's win over the Brewers.

He was helped out by a terrific catch by Jayson Heyward to lead off the frame, but Kimbrel looked sharp for the second straight day. The Braves' closer has struck out four over two perfect innings so far and should be among the elite fantasy closers again this season.
Apr 2 - 4:05 PM

Craig Kimbrel earned his first save of the season on Tuesday, striking out the side in a win over the Brewers.

Kimbrel picked up where he left off in 2013, striking out Khris Davis, Rickie Weeks and Mark Reynolds en route to the perfect inning. The hard-throwing right-hander remains the premier closer in the game and will look to repeat his 50-save performance of last season.
Apr 1 - 10:48 PM

Craig Kimbrel spoiled the Braves' no-hit bid on Tuesday, giving up a run in the seventh against the Phillies.

Kimbrel walked two and gave up and RBI single to Kevin Frandsen. It's the first run he's allowed in five innings this spring. Kimbrel was pretty shaky last spring and still not quite his normal self in April, but he's looked strong for the most part this month.
Mar 11 - 4:40 PM

Braves and RHP Craig Kimbrel avoided arbitration by agreeing to a four-year, $42 million contract extension.

The deal also includes a $13 million club option for 2018 and bonuses that can push his earnings to $45.5 million in the first four years. Kimbrel was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason, so the Braves have bought out at least one and possibly two years of free agency. It's the third long-term extension Atlanta has worked out this winter, following the Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran deals. Kimbrel holds a microscopic 1.39 ERA with 381 strikeouts across 227 1/3 innings in his first four seasons in the majors.
Feb 16 - 9:40 AM

Mark Bowman of reports that the Braves are expected to announce a contract extension with Craig Kimbrel soon.

It's the winter of extensions for the Braves, as they've already locked up Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran to long-term deal. The specifics of Kimbrel's extension are not yet known. Kimbrel, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason, holds a microscopic 1.39 ERA with 381 strikeouts across 227 1/3 innings in his first four seasons in the majors.
Feb 16 - 9:17 AM

Craig Kimbrel will go to an arbitration hearing with the Braves on February 15.

Kimbrel, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, requested $9 million and was offered $6.55 million from the Braves when arbitration figures were released last month. Which salary the arbitrators pick could go a long way toward deciding whether the Braves can afford to keep Kimbrel beyond 2014.
Feb 4 - 8:59 AM

Craig Kimbrel requested $9 million and was offered $6.55 million from the Braves when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Kimbrel will be an interesting arbitration case to watch, as there aren't any good comps to measure against the most dominating closer in the game. MLB Trade Rumors estimates that he'll earn $7.25 million through the arbitration process, which would be much closer to the Braves figure than to Kimbrel's.
Jan 17 - 8:07 PM

Craig Kimbrel won the National League's Delivery Man of the Year award.

Kimbrell posted a 1.21 ERA, .166 opponents' batting average and a 98/20 K/BB rate over 67 innings. He also led the NL with 50 saves out of 54 chances. He's the first Braves closer to win the award in its nine-year history.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 03:33:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel was successfully called upon to get four outs in Game 2 of the NLDS on Friday, preserving a one-run advantage and allowing the Braves to even up the series at 1-1.

The most dominant closer in the game certainly proved his worth in this one. He surrendered a one-out walk to A.J. Ellis in the ninth, but pinch-runner Dee Gordon was cut down attempting to steal second base on a very close. Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier then drew a two-out walk, but Carl Crawford was punched out to end the game. It’s Kimbrel’s first career postseason save in five appearances.
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 09:40:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel notched his 50th save of the season on Friday, retiring all three hitters he faced to preserve a one-run advantage against the Phillies.

Kimbrel was as dominant as ever in this one, recording a pair of strikeouts and needing just 10 pitches to dispatch of the Phillies. The 25-year-old has long since established himself as the premier closer in the league, but he took his game to another level this season. He's now 4-3 with a 1.23 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 98/20 K/BB ratio over 66 innings while converting 50 of his 54 save chances.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 10:13:00 PM

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2B1Dan Uggla
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3B1Chris Johnson
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LF1Justin Upton
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2Mike Minor
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4Alex Wood
5Aaron Harang
6David Hale
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Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
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5Anthony Varvaro
6Ian Thomas
7Gus Schlosser
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