Craig Kimbrel still is without a team to call home nearly one month into the Major League Baseball season. But that soon could change if the right-hander is willing to bend a little bit.
Among the remaining teams that have kept in touch with Kimbrel’s arm is the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. But while the Mets remain interested in the righty, there is at least one stipulation they would ask him to agree to.
The catch? New York would want Kimbrel “only if he was willing to pitch in any role,” per Rosenthal.
Kimbrel isn’t known for being super flexible when it comes to contract negotiations, although he’s softened up his technique in recent weeks. Originally, the righty reportedly was seeking a long-term contract in the range of $100 million, but now is apparently willing to settle for a three-year deal. However, he reportedly doesn’t intend to take a one-year deal.
But would Kimbrel be willing to give up that much leeway to sign with a team? Only time will tell.
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