Craig Kimbrel won a World Series title with the Boston Red Sox this past season. And we know he’s seeking a six-year deal on the open market. But the demands don’t stop there. Because of The Athletic’s Jayson Stark, we now know how much money he wants. And it’s quite a bit.
I've heard execs from 2 teams say this week that Craig Kimbrel is looking for a deal north of $100 million for 6 years.
He's one of the greatest closers of all time. But is there a record deal out there for him? Hard to say in a bullpen market that has barely moved.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 13, 2018
That’s quite a lot of coin. And, it’s highly unlikely a reliever — even as one as good as Kimbrel — will see that much. And Boston is unlikely to bring him back. Red Sox President of Baseball Ops, Dave Dombrowski, won’t spend big on a closer. But he does have the numbers to back it up.
Last season, Kimbrel put up a 2.74 ERA, 3.16 FIP and 2.58 DRA while striking out 38.9 percent of the opposition. That’s down nearly 11 ticks from last season, but still right in line with his career mark. He also doesn’t turn 31 years old until next May. So again, a six-year deal is possible. Though it is unlikely given the fact that he’s a relief pitcher. Even the best of the best can fall off a cliff out of nowhere. Nearly three weeks ago, the Philadelphia Phillies were reportedly interested. But after signing outfielder Andrew McCutchen to a $50-million deal on Tuesday, that’s all up in the air. Plus they’re still reportedly in on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
Over his nine-year career, Kimbrel holds a 1.91 ERA and 1.96 FIP with 333 saves. Only two relievers, Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman, have hit the 600-save clip.
Will Kimbrel be next?