Interested Teams: Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox
Yes, we also looked at Craig Kimbrel’s possible landing spots in a more in-depth post, but this is the last one, we promise. While it’s clear to see which teams could use a reliever of his caliber, his record-breaking asking price is what’s really holding up his market.
That’s what happens when you’re looking for a six-year guarantee around $100 million.
The Phillies made sense due to their ability to spend, but they may no longer be interested after agreeing to a two-year, $23 million deal with David Robertson. The Cardinals were speculative fits earlier in the winter, but they also pivoted to Andrew Miller.
Kimbrel’s best bet may be lowering his asking price significantly and going back to the Red Sox. Without a real clear market and sky-high contract demands, this could become a wait-and-see situation that feels a lot like the J.D. Martinez situation from last winter.
Boston was interested in Robertson, but didn’t bite on the guarantee he received from Philly. It’ll be interesting to see how long Kimbrel has to wait for a deal to materialize and how far below his original asking price it seems like he’ll fall.