The Atlanta Braves still have interest in former Braves closer, and current free agent Craig Kimbrel. Though they will wait until after the draft to sign him, Kimbrel is still a perfect fit in Atlanta.
Surprisingly for a team in contention the Atlanta Braves are placing high value on their draft picks. It seems they were the deciding factor or at least a part of the Braves decision not to sign Kimbrel or other notable free agents who would have cost them a pick earlier this year.
Now with the draft only days away and Kimbrel still a free agent, the Braves are making it clear they are interested in bringing back their former closer.
Kimbrel has a career 1.91 ERA and 333-saves so far in his career. Facts that make it hard to believe he is still a free agent. He is a perfect fit for the Braves considering their current inability to pitch late innings.
If not for the Braves late inning struggles the team could easily be leading the NL East instead of sitting firmly behind the Phillies. Adding Kimbrel is a move that could help to put the Braves over the top and provide their great offense with much needed support.
While adding one player to the bullpen may seem like a small move it is exactly what this team needs. Slotting each reliever back an inning makes the Braves pen watchable and will give them a much better chance to win close games.
Kimbrel will likely need time in the minors to get ready, meaning it would be the middle of June before the Braves have an elite closer. Still it is a move worth making and one I would be surprised if the Braves don’t make as soon as the draft concludes.
Adding Kimbrel is a move this team must make if they hope to hang in the division race. Otherwise the bullpen will continue to struggle and disappoint.