Busy Braves lock up closer Kimbrel

 

The Sports Network

Lake Buena Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves have avoided arbitration with Craig Kimbrel, agreeing to terms on a four-year contract with their All-Star closer.

The deal, which was announced on Sunday, includes an option for 2018 and continues the trend of Atlanta locking up its young talent.

"We are very excited to agree to terms with Craig, who we feel is the best closer in Major League Baseball," Braves general manager Frank Wren said in a statement. "He is one of the key pieces of our pitching staff and we are happy to keep him in a Braves uniform for at least four more years."

Only 25, Kimbrel has already recorded 139 saves, and the Atlanta Journal- Constitution reported he will earn $42 million over the four years. According to the paper, the option is worth $13 million.

Last season, the right-hander finished fourth in voting for the National League Cy Young Award after tying for the major league lead in saves with a career-high 50 and posted a 1.21 earned run average. He converted a franchise- record 37 straight save opportunities from May 9-Sept. 14, and is 15 saves shy of John Smoltz's all-time club mark.

The 2011 NL Rookie of the Year, Kimbrel is 15-7 with a 1.39 ERA in 231 career games.

It's been a costly offseason for the Braves, who also signed first baseman Freddie Freeman, outfielder Jason Heyward and starting pitcher Julio Teheran to new contracts.

Read more Baseball Wires stories from the Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category