Craig Kimbrel market reportedly shrinks as two contenders drop out

John Tomase
March 09, 2019 - 12:56 pm

For a seven-time All-Star, former Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel continues to struggle to find a job, and it looks like what little market he has is shrinking.

According to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, the Nationals and Braves have dropped out of the Kimbrel sweepstakes.

Who remains actively pursuing Kimbrel remains to be seen, and as the Red Sox inch towards the season with an untested fleet of relievers in the running to close, it makes one wonder if they'd revisit Kimbrel, even though president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has consistently noted the team likes its internal options.

If the Nationals are indeed out, that would be a blow, becuase after losing the Bryce Harper sweepstakes to the rival Phillies, they were expected possibly to spend elsewhere. Closer Sean Doolittle was outstanding when healthy last year, earning his second All-Star nod, but he missed two months and has spent parts of five straight seasons on the disabled list.

As for the Braves, Kimbrel's original team, they've been linked to him all winter after winning the NL East last year, but they've never made a move.

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