Jul 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) looks for the signal against the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Padres won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports
Craig Kimbrel – Closing Pitcher
Imagine it, Cubs fans.
World Series, Game Seven.
Your Chicago Cubs are one strike away from their first title in over a century. A packed Wrigley Field surrounded by tens of thousands of fans in the streets is at a roar. Closer Craig Kimbrel eyes in before blowing a fastball past a swinging bat, sending Chicago into a frenzy.
It’s not a completely unrealistic thought; at least not if San Diego and Chicago hook up on a deal this week.
Kimbrel has racked up over 200 saves in his still-young career, including 29 in his first season with the Padres.
The asking price would be astronomical. He’s the best closer in the game today. But with the ninth inning easily this team’s biggest flaw, the Cubs could take a big step in the right direction by bringing in someone like the former Braves right-handed reliever.