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Craig Kimbrel's agent is reportedly telling teams his client is the 'greatest closer of all-time'

Alex Reimer
November 06, 2018 - 3:51 pm

Craig Kimbrel’s agent wants potential suitors to ignore his troubling trends and look at the big picture. According to MLB Insider Jon Heyman, Kimbrel’s representative is selling his client as the greatest closer ever. Kimbrel has the lowest ERA, batting average against and OPS against of all-time among qualified closers. 

It’s hard to argue with Kimbrel’s track record. The 30-year-old flamethrower has saved 333 games throughout his career and sports a lifetime ERA of 1.91. But this season was one of the worst of his nine-year career. Kimbrel posted his second-highest ERA ever, highest home run rate and second-highest walk total. Though Kimbrel successfully converted all six of his playoff save opportunities, he finished with a 5.91 ERA while walking eight batters in 10.2 innings.

Heyman says Dave Meter is also flounting Kimbrel's postseason save total when chatting with teams. But that doesn't nearly tell the whole story, and points to a disengenuous pitch, which is probably shocking to hear. 

Despite Kimbrel’s rough finish, it’s apparent he’s asking for a lucrative multi-year deal. Kenley Jensen’s five-year, $80 million agreement is probably the benchmark. 

Even if the Red Sox don't offer Kimbrel a long-term contract, he could still return for next season. They extended a qualifying offer to Kimbrel on Friday. He has until Nov. 12 to accept the $17.9 million for 2019. 


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