Sun, 16 Feb 2014 07:10:52 -0800
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel agreed to a four-year, $42 million contract extension Sunday, Feb. 16. The deal can grow to $45.5 million with incentives and the option year is worth $13 million. The maximum value on the deal is $58.5 million.
Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:31:04 -0800
The Atlanta Braves are unlikely to work out a long-term deal with RP Craig Kimbrel before the two sides head to a salary arbitration hearing. He asked for $9 million, while the Braves countered at $6.55 million.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:52:27 -0800
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel is asking for $9 million in arbitration, while the Braves are countering with $6.55 million.
Sat, 31 Aug 2013 11:50:01 -0700
Atlanta Braves RP Anthony Varvaro recorded his first career save against the Miami Marlins Friday, Aug. 30. CL Craig Kimbrel was unavailable because he had pitched in three consecutive games.
Sat, 06 Jul 2013 16:20:18 -0700
New York Mets SP Matt Harvey, Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw, Arizona Diamondbacks SP Patrick Corbin, St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright, Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann, Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee, Miami Marlins SP Jose Fernandez, Chicago Cubs SP Travis Wood, Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Locke and RP Jason Grilli, San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner, Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel and Cincinnati Reds RP Aroldis Chapman have been named to the National League team for the 2013 All-Star Game.
Mon, 20 May 2013 15:49:29 -0700
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel is unavailable to pitch Monday, May 20, after saving all three games over the weekend. RPs Luis Avilan and Cory Gearrin will be mixed and matched late in the game if a save situation arises Monday against the Minnesota Twins.
Fantasy Tip: Avilan and Gearrin shouldn't be added for one day in case either get thrown into a save situation against the Twins. Both pitchers will be used heavily in setup roles now that Jonny Venters (elbow) and Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) are out for the season.
Wed, 08 May 2013 11:24:59 -0700
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel might not be available to pitch Wednesday, May 8, because manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn't want to pitch Kimbrel for three days in a row this early in the year. Kimbrel has blown three of his last five save chances. He was an out away from his 100th career save Tuesday, May 7, before allowing a home run to the Cincinnati Reds. "It is what it is," Gonzalez said. "At the end of the year, (Kimbrel's) going to have 40-something saves and five blown saves or four blown saves. It just so happens he's getting them right here in a little bunch. No worries." Kimbrel's ERA has risen from 0.00 to 3.38 in his last five outings.
Fantasy Tip: As Gonzalez noted, there is no closer controversy with Kimbrel, he's just hit a little rough patch. Atlanta also has no clear candidate to take over the closer's role regardless. Eric O'Flaherty or Jordan Walden would likely close if a save situation arises Wednesday.
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:36:22 -0700
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel blew his first save of the season against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, April 24, by allowing three hits and two earned runs while walking one and striking out two.
Fantasy Tip: There's nothing to worry about here. Kimbrel proved he's human, after all, and the Rockies are one of the hottest teams in baseball, aside from the Braves.
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:20:45 -0700
Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson left his start Wednesday, April 24, against the Colorado Rockies in position for career win No. 200, but RP Craig Kimbrel blew a save in the ninth inning and the game went to extra innings.
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:05:54 -0700
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect inning in his Grapefruit League spring appearance Monday, March 18. It was his first action since returning from the World Baseball Classic. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Kimbrel stayed on a normal schedule during his time with Team USA and appears ready for the regular season.