While Chris Sale and Boston Red Sox were taking care of business against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, news broke that Craig Kimbrel finally had found a home.
The former Red Sox closer reportedly reached a deal with the Chicago Cubs after a long, long free agency saga. Boston never was in the running to bring back the fireballer, and the righty’s signing gives more closure to his tenure with the Sox.
After Wednesday’s night win at Kauffman Stadium, Alex Cora said he shot Kimbrel a text and that he was happy he has found a place.
“Good for him. Happy for him. Finally, he can go out there and do what he does,” Cora told reporters, as seen on NESN’s postgame coverage. “It’s a great organization. They’re in a good spot. I’m very happy that he was able to finish the deal and go play baseball.”
Kimbrel statistically is one of the best closers of his generation, so it’s safe to say he absolutely deserves to be on a major league roster. And while Cora’s happy for Kimbrel, he has to be even happier the righty ended up in the National League.
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