3 Teams That Need to Sign Craig Kimbrel
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We're already three days into the 2019 MLB season and Craig Kimbrel is still looking for a new home. A seven-time All-Star with 333 career saves to his name, Kimbrel has been one baseball's best closers over the past decade and could immensely improve any team that signs him. Luckily for the free agent righty, there are a few teams that are in desperate need of a dominant late-inning arm.
Here are three teams that need to sign Craig Kimbrel.
1. Milwaukee Brewers
The Brewers have been in the mix for Kimbrel's services for a while now and they'd be out of their mind not bring him in how things currently stand. Milwaukee is down two late-inning arms with Corey Knebel undergoing Tommy John surgery and Jeremy Jeffress on the injured list (for the time being, anyway). Signing Kimbrel would allow the Brew Crew to keep Josh Hader in the eighth inning and create a powerful bullpen in the process.
2. Washington Nationals
It's still early, but Washington's bullpen has been dreadful to start the year. The Nationals need to consider all possible options if they want to stay competitive in a very crowded NL East race and bringing Kimbrel into the fold may be the only effective way to go about it. With Kimbrel in the ninth, Washington can move current closer Sean Doolittle to the eighth inning, shoring up the bullpen.
3. Chicago Cubs
The Cubs are making do with Pedro Strop as their closer until Brandon Morrow returns to handle the ninth inning duties, but Chicago's World Series window isn't closed yet, but it's getting there sooner than people think. If the Cubs want make another serious run at a World Series title, shoring up the bullpen with an elite closer like Kimbrel would go a long way.
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