With pitchers and catchers set to report in just a few weeks, one of the best relief arms available this offseason remains unsigned.
Ex-Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel has yet to find a landing spot despite his impressive résumé and his agent pitching him as the greatest closer of all time.
Presumably, part of the reason for Kimbrel’s slow market is the lofty contract demands that have been reported. But according to FanCred Sports’ Jon Heyman on Thursday, five teams — including a pair Kimbrel’s played for before — remain possibilities.
A reunion with the Red Sox would be interesting, but given everything Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has indicated about signing a reliever, Kimbrel’s asking price would need to substantially come down.
Red Sox utilityman Brock Holt has stumped for Kimbrel, however, so maybe that will help if the 30-year-old hurler and the Sox hit the negotiating table.