Craig Kimbrel may be on verge of finding new home

Rob Bradford
March 03, 2019 - 7:26 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Figuring out where Craig Kimbrel might land has been perhaps the greatest mystery of the offseason.

While the Red Sox continued to suggest they wouldn't be in the market for the closer, some believed Kimbrel might ultimately land back in Boston on a short-term deal. But then Dave Dombrowski definitively stated last week that his team would be not signing any more relief pitchers.

The Braves were always thought to be an option, with some even surfacing Kimbrel sightings in Orlando (where Atlanta trains). But the industry was always skeptical of such a reunion considering Alex Anthopoulos' hesitation to surrender a draft pick while allocating that much money in order to secure the closer position.

There was also a prevailing thought that if the Phillies missed out on both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper they would roll over some of the money to build up a super bullpen with Kimbrel and David Robertson. But, in case you missed it, Harper is now calling Philadelphia home.

So, what was left for the free agent closer?

Well, according to multiple reports the Nationals seem to be swooping in for Kimbrel's services.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal was first to report that Washington may be willing to sign Kimbrel to a long-term deal, with their closing situation currently consisting of Sean Doolittle, and Trevor Rosenthal (who is returning from Tommy John surgery) with Koda Glover and Kyle Barraclough also pitching in the late innings.

ESPN's Keith Law took the report to another level late Saturday night.

For what it's worth, the Red Sox are scheduled to visit the Nationals Tuesday.

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