It sounds like Craig Kimbrel sees the writing on the wall.
Six years, $120M? Five years, $100M?
In an age of bullpen by committee and teams fearful of the luxury tax, it’s almost impossible to imagine any team dishing out that kind of money for a closer. That’s especially true for a closer that showed signs of decline (strikeout rate down, walk rate up) in 2019.
So just days after showing an unwillingness to come off his original demands, Kimbrel seems to have lowered his asking prices.
Here’s the latest on Kimbrel’s asking price and potential comps on the market from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.