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SportCraig Kimbrel's deal should send a message to MLB teams: Focus on winning, not money

16:55  06 june  2019
16:55  06 june  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Report: Teams worry Keuchel, Kimbrel won't be ready until July

Report: Teams worry Keuchel, Kimbrel won't be ready until July Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel are expected to be more heavily pursued after they become unrestricted free agents at midnight Sunday night.

Closer Craig Kimbrel has compiled an impressive resume during his nine seasons in the big June 1: The Cubs did not spend much money over the offseason and had been approaching the season as if they did The team is doing the background work on Kimbrel to see if they might be able to sign him.

Welcome to MLB .com, the official site of Major League Baseball . Had a streak of 25 consecutive saves converted snapped when he blew a save-but earned the win -on 4/20 at TOR (streak began 5/28/16). Named to the National League All-Star team for the third straight year. Converted his first career Atlanta Braves traded RHP Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton Jr. to San Diego Padres for CF

We live in strange times. Craig Kimbrel, one of the most successful closers ever and simultaneously a man who sat on the free agent market for 220 days, has reportedly agreed to the fourth-richest contract ever given to a closer.

All those words sewn together just sound baffling.

He agreed to terms with the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, a three-year contract that would pay him $43 million once finalized. While it wasn’t the $100 million that Kimbrel was rumored to have wanted this winter, it’s still quite a payday for a guy who sat there without much of a sniff since he got the final out of the World Series in October..

Cubs 'pushing hard' to sign Craig Kimbrel

Cubs 'pushing hard' to sign Craig Kimbrel The Cubs are “pushing hard” to sign free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports (via Twitter). He’d obviously be a much-needed upgrade for a Cubs ’pen that has been without closer Brandon Morrow all season and has endured numerous other injuries so far in 2019. If a deal does indeed come to fruition, it’d represent a change of course for the Cubs, who spent the offseason making a series of small-scale additions due to ownership’s claim that the team simply didn’t have the resources to add to the team’s payroll.

According to Baseball Reference, Kimbrel has also accumulated more wins above replacement through the age of 30 than Rivera did. A rough October that may or may not have resulted from his tipping pitches didn't keep Kimbrel from winning his first World Series.

Will Craig Kimbrel remain unsigned past the beginning of the 2019 season? That was never going to happen: The record for a reliever in free agency is Aroldis Chapman, who scored five years and million from the Yankees two years ago in an ownership-driven deal that was driven by ownership.

That fact signals the biggest takeaway from the long-overdue ending of Kimbrel’s free agency: The race is on now.

It’s time to stop worrying about money and time to start worrying about winning. You know, how it always should be in sports.

For all the skepticism we heard in the offseason about teams not wanting to guarantee money to players like Kimbrel who are on the wrong side of 30 (he’s 31), a simple truth was revealed Wednesday. When the calendar turns to June and the standings are close and we’re thinking about October and a guy like Craig Kimbrel is sitting out there for a team like the Cubs, you better believe the old instincts kick in and teams want to win.

So the race is on now. Up next is Dallas Keuchel. Maybe not today or tomorrow. But soon. Then the trades should come. And hopefully, we get a hot summer to make up for this year’s tepid stove.

Report: Craig Kimbrel agrees to deal with Chicago Cubs

Report: Craig Kimbrel agrees to deal with Chicago Cubs Report: Craig Kimbrel agrees to deal with Chicago Cubs

Should a deal come to fruition, the signing would seem similar to the team ’ s previous agreements with A match between Kimbrel and the Brewers, at least on paper, has looked plausible the longer his That’d be serious money for a typically low-spending Brewers club that is already projected to

Kimbrel is represented by SportsMeter. Unsurprisingly, Kimbrel ’ s protracted time on the open market wrapped up shortly after the amateur draft. Multiple teams were linked to Kimbrel ’ s market at various points over the last seven months, including several showing increased interest in the last

Craig Kimbrel's deal should send a message to MLB teams: Focus on winning, not money© Provided by Oath Inc. Craig Kimbrel with the Red Sox World Series trophy last October. The Cubs are hoping he'll bring them one. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

It helped that Kimbrel no longer had draft-pick compensation tied to him. Once the draft passed, he was unrestricted. The qualifying offer he’d been tagged with by the Boston Red Sox had become more like a scarlet letter — nobody wanted to pay him *and* give up a future draft pick in the process.

It helped that the Cubs were without a true closer and their bullpen had a been a mess. Brandon Morrow hasn’t pitched this year and they’ve been doing a patchwork committee of ninth-inning pitchers lately.

And it didn’t matter that Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said back in February that the team “doesn’t have anymore” money. They found some, which is what happens in sports sometimes. The plans go out the window when the possibility of winning is looming.

Cubs reach deal with 7-time All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel after hot streak persuades Theo Epstein to get aggressive

Cubs reach deal with 7-time All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel after hot streak persuades Theo Epstein to get aggressive The Cubs' rebound from a sluggish start to the top of the National League Central convinced President Theo Epstein to add reinforcements to a team with World Series aspirations. Less than a week after signing Carlos Gonzalez to a minor-league contract and receiving instant production from the three-time All-Star outfielder, the Cubs made a massive strike Wednesday night by agreeing to terms with seven-time All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel. The agreement will become official once Kimbrel, 31, passes a physical examination. Kimbrel's agreement with the Cubs was first reported by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

4:38 PM: Per Kimbrel ’ s agent David Meter, via The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the report that Kimbrel would consider sitting out the 2019 season is false: “The report is wholly inaccurate and Craig looks forward to signing a new contract in the near future. Any report pertaining to his not playing this

Craig Michael Kimbrel (born May 28, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball ( MLB ) for the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres

Kimbrel’s signing doesn’t make up for the weirdness of this winter. And it doesn’t directly help Keuchel, the offseason’s other misfit toy, but it does send a message worth screaming from a Wrigley rooftop.

These players are still worth something. Winning is still worth something. Going for it is worth something.

And you know what? All this money going to Kimbrel says there’s actually quite a bit of value to those things. It’s not like some team gave him $10 million to pitch from May to September, hoping to capitalize on his desperation.

The Cubs gave Kimbrel $43 million and committed to three years — well, two and a half — which is a sign that there is still leverage for impact players. As much as this winter seemed to tell us that front offices everywhere were clinging to their data and internal player values, things can change when the right person has their sights set on winning.

Baseball exists in a place right now where a third of the league isn’t even trying to win and another third is only kinda trying. That’s what gave us a free-agent season that moved at a snail’s pace, where these teams with no sights on fielding a competitive team just sat there and watched the rest of the league congregate around a few big names.

Paul Sullivan: Pedro Strop eagerly welcomes Craig Kimbrel, the man who will take his job as Cubs closer

Paul Sullivan: Pedro Strop eagerly welcomes Craig Kimbrel, the man who will take his job as Cubs closer Perhaps no one was as excited about the Craig Kimbrel signing as Pedro Strop, who will lose his closer role and potentially more money down the road had he accumulated enough saves. Strop said he didn't care about that and he just wants to win. "They can add any pieces that they can add to help us win games," he said. "That's what makes us happy, not only me, but all the boys. We're really happy we're going to have a guy that makes our bullpen way deeper. We'll have a closer type working in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. How could anybody get mad at that? This sure is really good.

The same uncertainty surrounds Kimbrel ' s future. Teams are said to be interested in paying for I've heard execs from 2 teams say this week that Craig Kimbrel is looking for a deal north of 0 Baseball Reference's Wins Above Replacement metric has him worth about seven wins the past

Teams . American League. Welcome to MLB .com, the official site of Major League Baseball . It' s always possible Boston could trade a veteran this winter and reallocate that money to fortify the bullpen. If Kimbrel signs elsewhere, there is still considerable depth on the free-agent market at closer.

The whole thing felt like a junior high dance where the boys stand on one side of the auditorium, the girls stand on the other and they just stare at each other. It was boring, frustrating and the sign of a game that had become so risk-averse that it lost its boldness.

This felt bold. So maybe that can change now — if only a little bit. Because if these teams aren’t going to go big in the offseason, then they’d better do it now.

If the Cubs are going to sign Kimbrel, then the Milwaukee Brewers, their main competition in the NL Central, had better do something to improve too. Or maybe the Cardinals should. Or the Braves. Heck, even the Dodgers.

If Keuchel ends up with the Yankees — one of his potential fits — then the rest of the American League contenders better do something. Maybe it’s the Red Sox. Or the Rays. Or the Twins making a move to solidify their early-season status as baseball’s surprise team.

We all deserve it.

Players need to know that winning matters and teams are willing to take a risk or make an investment in its pursuit.

Fans need to know that their favorite team isn’t going to sit idly by when there’s a legitimate chance to win.

The race is on, baseball. Start your engines. Or maybe just get out your checkbooks.

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Mike Oz is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @mikeoz

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Winners and losers of the Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel signings It may have taken a few extra months, but we can finally declare that Hot Stove season is over. The last two major free agents are off the board after Craig Kimbrel agreed to a three-year, $43 million deal with the Chicago Cubs and Dallas Keuchel joined the Atlanta Braves on a one-year, $13 million deal. Deals for both free agents not surprisingly gained steam this week after the MLB draft commenced. Since both players refused qualifying offers during the winter, that meant both had draft pick compensation attached if they signed prior to the draft.

On paper, Kimbrel would be an enormous pickup for an Atlanta team whose bullpen has fallen short this They opened 2018 with an 8MM-plus outlay, but despite winning the NL East last season Free agent hurlers Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel are both expected to sign somewhere shortly

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