Published: Fri, June 07, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Cubs "Front Runners" To Sign Craig Kimbrel

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According to The Athletic, his deal will be for three years and close to $45 million. Given his time away and the uncertainty of the rest of the season, he'd want to guarantee a little more security beyond 2019.

Former Lee-Huntsville/Wallace State star Craig Kimbrel will be at the MLB All-Star Game for the seventh time on Tuesday.

Update: Rosenthal is reporting that it's a multi-year deal. MLB Network reports that Kimbrel has a fourth-year option for $16 million. Should that happen, Chicago could end up saving around $9 million this season.

Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel have been the top free agents still available after failing to sign deals this offseason. The Yankees were reportedly the team in the lead for Keuchel.

Morosi then went on 670 The Score on Wednesday and said the Cubs are the front runners to sign Kimbrel. The Cubs will not surrender a pick to sign him and the Red Sox will not receive a pick for losing him. Nonetheless, Chicago was tied for first place with Milwaukee atop the NL Central.

Other teams rumored to have had interest in Kimbrel include the Twins, Braves, Brewers, Phillies, Rays and Red Sox.

There are no more penalties or loss of a draft pick attached to signing Kimbrel, plus the Cubs may not be paying Ben Zobrist, as he's been on the restricted list since early May. Signing the 31-year old would have only cost the Twins money and now they're likely to hit the trade market to help bolster their bullpen which means that several of the organization's prospects could be involved in a swap.

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