Could Brewers be landing spot for Craig Kimbrel?

Rob Bradford
March 20, 2019 - 7:47 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Another option for Craig Kimbrel may be emerging.

According to The Athletic, the Brewers have engaged in talks with the free agent closer. The discussions would presumably be involving a short-term deal along the lines of what Milwaukee gave out to free agents Mike Moustakas and Yasmani Grandal.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that no deal is currently close citing the Brewers' already stretched payroll as an obstacle. They are heading into the 2019 season with a projected franchise-high payroll of $127.5 million.

Milwaukee's bullpen is already viewed in fairly solid shape with the presence of Josh Hader, Corey Knebel and Jeremy Jeffress.

Kimbrel does, of course, have a qualifying offer attached to him, creating some pause for teams not willing to surrender a draft pick in order to sign the 30-year-old. The Brewers would be forced to surrender their fourth-highest draft pick, having already committed to giving up their third-highest after signing Grandal to a one-year, $18.25 million deal.

It was recently reported the Rays have kept in contact with Kimbrel, while the Braves and Nationals were not engaged in negotiations involving the closer.

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