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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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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

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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).

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Austin Hedges
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Jedd Gyorko
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Wil Myers
2Travis Jankowski
3Melvin Upton
RF1Matt Kemp
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Andrew Cashner
3Ian Kennedy
4Tyson Ross
5Colin Rea
6Brandon Morrow
7Josh Johnson
8Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Joaquin Benoit
3Shawn Kelley
4Brandon Maurer
5Marc Rzepczynski
6Marcos Mateo
7Kevin Quackenbush
8Odrisamer Despaigne
9Bud Norris