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Cubbies Crib Jun 14, 2019

Chicago Cubs Rumors: Team interested in adding an impact lefty reliever

The peak of Cubs rumors season is upon us – and the trade market looks to favor sellers, at least when it comes to impact arms who could be on the move. With Craig Kimbrel, the most highly-coveted reliever on the market, already locked up for the next three years, one of the longest-running Cubs […] Chicago Cubs Rumors: Team interested in adding an impact lefty reliever - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib Jun 13, 2019

Chicago Cubs: Craig Kimbrel should only be the start to the pen overhaul

The Chicago Cubs are already aware that they’ll have to make a move for Craig Kimbrel when he’s ready to return. But that shouldn’t be the only move they make. When the Chicago Cubs signed Craig Kimbrel, they knew they’d need to make a move in the bullpen. But aside from Kimbrel, there are deeper […] Chicago Cubs: Craig Kimbrel should only be the start to the pen overhaul - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
DRaysBay Jun 13, 2019
Craig Kimbrel decision points to possible Rays free agent dilemma

Craig Kimbrel decision points to possible Rays free agent dilemma

Now that the team is willing to spend: Can the Rays acquire baseball’s elite in free agency? The Tampa Bay Rays have long been a popular free agent destination for players looking to rehabilitate their value. This is not because the Rays will shell out top dollar to land the marquee players on the market, or guarantee them long term contracts. No, players tend to choose Tampa Bay due to the team itself; their always progressive thinking front office that finds that be ways to enhance a player’s abilities and get the most of out a player during his time with the team. They have done this...
Cubbies Crib Jun 12, 2019

Chicago Cubs: Time to add Adbert Alzolay to the mix

The Chicago Cubs may have made the biggest in-season splash thus far by signing free agent Craig Kimbrel to a multi-year deal, but the bullpen is still in a tenuous position. Tuesday night in Colorado marked yet another disappointing performance from the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen arms, as Brad Brach managed to get just two outs […] Chicago Cubs: Time to add Adbert Alzolay to the mix - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Tomahawk Take Jun 11, 2019

Atlanta Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos talks Keuchel Kimbrel and rotation

Atlanta Braves executive VP and GM Alex Anthopoulos talked about landing his newest pitcher with MLB Networks’ Chris Russo. The Atlanta Braves signed Dallas Keuchel to a one year $21.5M (prorated to $13M) last week. Like most signings, the deal took a long time to – as Scott Boras framed it – “decant”. He told […] Atlanta Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos talks Keuchel Kimbrel and rotation - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jun 10, 2019
What are the Cubs going to do with all their extra relievers?

What are the Cubs going to do with all their extra relievers?

There’s a glut of guys in the minors and on injury rehab, and the squeeze gets worse when Craig Kimbrel is activated. The current Cubs bullpen consists of the following relievers: Pedro Strop, Steve Cishek, Carl Edwards Jr., Mike Montgomery, Brandon Kintzler, Tyler Chatwood, Brad Brach and Kyle Ryan. One of those pitchers will have to be removed from the active roster when Craig Kimbrel is activated in a couple of weeks. But beyond that, Theo & Co. made several signings of relief pitchers with big-league experience over the winter in an effort to build up some depth. Decisions will have...

With Craig Kimbrel signed, here are 5 relievers Twins could target in trades

Twins fans seem to be on the verge of a meltdown every time a relief pitcher gets as much as a three-ball count these days. Such is life while rooting for a team that has one of the best records in the major leagues but missed out on bolstering its bullpen last week when Craig Kimbrel signed with the Cubs. My take on the bullpen since early this season has been this: It's good enough to get the Twins through the first four months, but there better be some help by July 31. (The notion that it's good enough for now, by the way, is helped by the fact that the Twins are among MLB's best in...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jun 9, 2019
Cub Tracks orders in

Cub Tracks orders in

Kimbrel, Craig Kimbrel, and other bullets Crown the Vic! Cubs win!Final: #Cubs 9, Cardinals 4. #EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/4To6joF6hH— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 9, 2019 Remember back when the season was just getting started and the ledges were already full of people who were convinced that the Cubs’ chances of winning the division were as inconceivable as Norm Crosby’s wife? I’m guessing that’s pretty much over, at least for now, like Norm’s career (Norm’s still around at 91 and was last seen on a telethon). The ratio of con to pro has certainly fallen off, in any case....
New York Post Jun 8, 2019

Syndergaard? Scherzer? Inside MLB’s intriguing trade market

The MLB draft ran from Monday through Wednesday. As the process was concluding, word began circulating that Craig Kimbrel would be signing with the Cubs. Twenty-four hours later, Dallas Keuchel was in agreement with the Braves. With that, the trade market opened in a broader way. Teams deploy so many resources and so much attention...
Josh Donaldson: ‘Completely embarrassing’ Keuchel, Kimbrel were unsigned

Josh Donaldson: ‘Completely embarrassing’ Keuchel, Kimbrel were unsigned

The Braves ultimately benefited from Dallas Keuchel’s lengthy free agency, scooping him off the market with a one-year, $13 million deal that was announced Friday.
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jun 8, 2019
Thoughts on the signing of Craig Kimbrel by the Cubs

Thoughts on the signing of Craig Kimbrel by the Cubs

The Cubs made a definitive statement with the signing of Kimbrel this week. There’s a reason I used the photo of Craig Kimbrel with his family at the top of this post rather than one of him in his unusual pitching stance. According to this article by Sahadev Sharma in The Athletic, family is one of the most important reasons Kimbrel chose the Cubs, citing team special assistant David Ross, who caught Kimbrel for three years in Atlanta: “(Ross) did fill me in on the culture of this ballclub,” Kimbrel said. “(It’s the) Chicago Cubs. He didn’t have to tell me all that much of the...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jun 8, 2019
Cub Tracks fills in the blanks

Cub Tracks fills in the blanks

Cole is once again King of the Hill, Kimbrel is coming soon, and other bullets Cubs win!Final: #Cubs 3, Cardinals 1. #EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/Y3E1CEqMEF— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 7, 2019 24, in case you wanted to know Craig Kimbrel’s new number. Plenty of other Kimbrel coverage and a few scattered non-Kimbrel pieces await you. Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). {$} means paywall. {$] means limited views. The poise.The patience.The versatility.There's a reason some...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jun 7, 2019
Minor League Wrap: Bullpen blows it for Iowa

Minor League Wrap: Bullpen blows it for Iowa

A rain-shortened slate saw the Cubs system winless tonight. I all the commotion about the draft and the players of the month, I forgot to tell you about the rosters for Midwest League All-Star Game, played at Four Winds Field in South Bend. I did mention it on Twitter, but I never said anything about it here. So congratulations to infielder Andy Weber and pitchers Jeffrey Passantino, Riley Thompson, Brailyn Marquez and Cam Sanders, who will represent the East in the Midwest League All-Star Game. Featuring Ryne Sandberg and Pitbull. How soon can Craig Kimbrel get to Iowa? Iowa Cubs The Iowa...
Tampa Bay Times Jun 7, 2019
How much did Rays' attendance factor in Craig Kimbrel signing with Cubs?

How much did Rays' attendance factor in Craig Kimbrel signing with Cubs?

BOSTON - The Rays' strong, albeit unsuccessful, offer for free agent reliever Craig Kimbrel seems a sure sign they are willing to be aggressive in seeking significant upgrades.Which could make the seven weeks until the July 31 trade deadline very interesting.
NESN.com Jun 7, 2019

Red Sox’s Bullpen Has Used Collect Effort To Tackle Closing Duties

Ex-Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel was officially introduced as the newest member of the Chicago Cubs on Friday, but Boston’s... Read More »

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