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SportWinners and losers of the Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel signings

17:15  07 june  2019
17:15  07 june  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Agent Scott Boras: Dallas Keuchel will be ready quickly

Agent Scott Boras: Dallas Keuchel will be ready quickly Free agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel hasn’t pitched in a major league game since last October and didn’t participate in spring training. 

It’s therefore astounding that Craig Kimbrel , one of the best relievers ever, and Dallas Keuchel , the 2015 AL Cy Young winner and two-time All-Star Of course, reaping the benefits of a Keuchel or Kimbrel signing isn’t as simple as writing a check and plugging a Cy Young winner or Hall of Fame

Craig Kimbrel could see his options open up a bit as teams recognize their bullpen deficiencies. Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports. In that case, the team loses its later pick. This is an obstacle and part of the reason Kimbrel and Keuchel remain unsigned, but it isn't an insurmountable one.

Winners and losers of the Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel signings© Provided by Oath Inc. Which teams were winners and losers based on Craig Kimbrel signing with the Cubs and Dallas Keuchel signing with the Braves. (AP/Getty Images)

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.

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.

Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel as both still free agents but are getting some buzz from teams like Atlanta That's a former Cy-Young award winner and a seven-time All-Star closer available for any potential It would also be a nice return for Kimbrel , who won Rookie of the Year with Atlanta in 2011.

The Craig Kimbrel - Dallas Keuchel sweepstakes awoke from its hibernation Monday with the MLB draft getting underway, as potential suitors can now sign the free agents without giving up a draft pick. A third of the way into the season, most teams know where they stand and have had ample time to

With both signings coming after the deadline, the Cubs and Braves only had to worry about writing a large check. And most would agree that both teams got a bargain relative to the asking price and past market values for an ace reliever and former Cy Young winner.

While the Cubs and Braves are obviously feeling good about that, some of the teams they are contending with and were negotiating against can’t be thrilled with these outcomes.

Here, we’ll take a look at each team impacted by these signings and determine whether they are winners or losers based on the outcome.

Chicago Cubs

Every team in MLB needs relief help. The Cubs perhaps less so than most. They entered Thursday top 10 in bullpen ERA, and might soon be getting back former closer Brandon Morrow. Nonetheless, you can never have enough depth, and Kimbrel should bring late-inning stability for the next three seasons.

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.

Before Jason Vargas made his second start of the season on Saturday, beat reporters asked Mets manager Mickey Callaway what he expected The first few weeks of the 2019 season have instead been haunted by Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel in a way that has become difficult to ignore.

Former Red Sox reliever Craig Kimbrel could soon be a Mets target. The Mets continue to call on both Keuchel and Kimbrel as a matter of due diligence, and other contenders are taking the same approach, not wanting to be caught unaware if an opportunity arises; the Rays have stayed in touch

Verdict: Winners

Atlanta Braves

A better fit you will not find.

The Braves were in need of rotation help with Mike Foltynewicz and Kevin Gausman mired in slumps. On the flip side, Keuchel was in apparent need of a total change of scenery after struggling to close out his Astros career. Both sides get what they need, and do so without overcommiting.

The Braves can move on at season’s end if Keuchel’s performance doesn’t match his reputation. Keuchel has an opportunity to rebuild value and make himself more attractive on the market this winter. There’s almost no downside for either side given the circumstances, and it could pay off big for both. Especially the Braves.

Verdict: Winners

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies grasp on the NL East isn't as strong as it once was. This week's developments won't help matters. On Monday, the Phillies lost Andrew McCutchen for the season with a torn ACL. Now the Braves, their primary competition in the division, have added a former Cy Young Award winner.

Report: Braves emerge as front-runners to sign Keuchel

Report: Braves emerge as front-runners to sign Keuchel The Atlanta Braves have reportedly emerged as the front-runner to sign free-agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel, a source told Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. The New York Yankees, however, are reportedly still in the mix to recruit Keuchel. As of Monday - the beginning of the 2019 MLB Draft - both Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel were no longer tied to draft-pick compensation as a result of being tendered and rejecting one-year, $17.9-million qualifying offers from their previous teams. Kimbrel reportedly inked a three-year, $43-million deal with the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel remain unsigned as well. The Machado contract is not evidence free agency is fine. He is a massive outlier. His signing at least gives MLB a break from fans and reporters wondering why so many top players remain unsigned and why so many teams are not doing

If the Twins signed both Keuchel and Kimbrel , then they’d be looking at an approximate 4.5 win improvement, moving their projection from 83 wins to In simple terms, what this means is, by signing Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel , the Twins’ odds to win the division in 2019 would nearly double.

It shines a brighter light on what Philadelphia needs to get done before the trade deadline. The Phillies could use more depth in the rotation, bullpen and outfield despite the recent addition of Jay Bruce.

Philadelphia may have won the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, but if its current two-game division lead doesn't hold, Keuchel's signing could prove to be the pivotal moment.

Verdict: Losers

New York Yankees

The Yankees were impacted on both fronts.

They reportedly pursued Keuchel until the final days, but reportedly refused to match or better the Braves offer.

Though the rotation has posted top 10 numbers this season, there are no shortage of concerns there. Luis Severino has been out since spring training and might not be back. James Paxton and CC Sabathia have both missed time. And JA Happ hasn’t been sharp, either. Keuchel's addition could have helped solidify things sooner than later.

Now the Yankees will surely dig into trade market, which fortunately for them should be pretty deep. That should make losing out on Keuchel more bearable.

Also, Kimbrel signing with Chicago means he will not return to Boston or go to Tampa Bay. That’s enough to offset any Keuchel disappointment.

Craig Kimbrel focused on being 'best that I can' with Cubs

Craig Kimbrel focused on being 'best that I can' with Cubs Manager Joe Maddon said signing the All-Star closer "really matters a lot" to the rest of the players in the clubhouse.

The Twins are interested in signing closer Craig Kimbrel , left, and starter Dallas Keuchel , moves that would fortify the pitching staff of a club that has made a surprising surge to baseball’s best record. – It’s not a matter of the Twins choosing between lefthander Dallas Keuchel and closer Craig Kimbrel .

The Craig Kimbrel - Dallas Keuchel sweepstakes awoke from its hibernation Monday with the MLB draft getting underway, as potential suitors can now sign the free agents without giving up a draft pick. A third of the way into the season, most teams know where they stand and have had ample time to

Verdict: Neutral

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox were content to let Kimbrel walk in the offseason, instead spending money on other needs. In turns out that the bullpen is a pretty big need, and Kimbrel was more affordable than previously thought.

While a reunion was probably never in the cards, it has to be a tough pill to swallow to see Kimbrel end up with Theo Epstein and company in Chicago on a bargain deal. Now the Red Sox, who have gone without a true closer all season, will have to look elsewhere to bulk up a bullpen that’s lacking reliable arms.

Verdict: Losers

Tampa Bay Rays

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that the Rays were actually close to signing Kimbrel. That would have been a huge move for a team that doesn’t typically battle for big free agents.

That disappointment aside, the Rays can’t be too displeased with how things played out. Kimbrel ended up out of the division, and Keuchel isn’t coming. They’re also still well positioned to make other big moves, and seem anxious to do so. That’s good news for Rays fans.

Verdict: Winners

Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers needed a starter, but decided not to wait on Keuchel. Instead, they signed Gio Gonzalez on the cheap.

How’s that working out? Well, Gonzalez is currently on the injured list with a dead arm, while Keuchel signed a short-term deal that possibly could have fit their budget.

After Kimbrel and Keuchel Signings, the State of MLB Free Agency Remains Bleak

After Kimbrel and Keuchel Signings, the State of MLB Free Agency Remains Bleak Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel finally have new homes and contracts, but don't expect it to change anything come winter, when a whole new round of free agency starts.

Pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel are still on the market but could find new teams soon. MLB Rumors: Yankees, Braves Emerge As Favorites for Dallas Keuchel . (Mark Feinsand, MLB.com). • The Twins are interested in signing Keuchel and Kimbrel .

Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel somewhat duplicate the best of what Farhan Zaidi has to offer to other teams, and their decisions -- said to be coming Signing Keuchel to a one-year prorated deal could take a contender out of the Bumgarner market. Kimbrel is not at all a comparison to Will Smith

Oh, and the Cubs signed Kimbrel.

Verdict: Losers

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