Craig Kimbrel

RP / Boston Red Sox / EXP: 6YRS Height: 5-11 Weight: 220 lb Age: 27 College: Wallace State CC AL (J.C.) Bats/Throws R/R

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      Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel: Reportedly headed to Boston

      The Padres have agreed to trade Kimbrel to the Red Sox, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. There were rumors that the Red Sox were in the market for a new closer with 40-year-old Koji Uehara losing another tick on his fastball, and it seems they have landed their guy in Kimbrel. It's uncertain, however, who all is headed to San Diego in the deal. Kimbrel fell one save shy of 40 last season, and his 2.58 ERA was a career-worst mark, but he fanned 36.4 percent of he batters he faced and should be a top-five closer off the board come spring.

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      Padres RP Craig Kimbrel closes out D-Backs for 38th save

      Padres closer Craig Kimbrel struck out two batters and allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 38th save in a 3-0 win over Arizona on Saturday. It's amazing that Kimbrel has 38 saves on such a bad team, but it shows you how valuable he can be. He now ranks in the top-five of saves and strikeouts for all closers. Kimbrel has also been a bit unlucky this year, as his 14 percent home run-to-flyball rate is a career high. Not many closers are as reliable as Kimbrel and it makes him a great draft pick year after year.

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      Padres pitcher Craig Kimbrel fails to convert save Wednesday

      Padres pitcher Craig Kimbrel (3-2) absorbed a blown save, but earned a win Wednesday night, giving up one earned run on a hit while striking out two in a 5-4 win over the Giants. Kimbrel's blown save came on a wild pitch, allowing Buster Posey to score and tie the game. The Padres would ultimately win on a walk-off Jedd Gyorko RBI single, awarding Kimbrel a victory as the pitcher of record. Kimbrel's outings have come less frequently of late, making just six appearances thus far in September. The 27-year-old closer has pitched to a career-worst 2.72 ERA, but maintained an encouraging 13.01 K/9.

    • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

      Padres RP Craig Kimbrel notches 36th save

      Craig Kimbrel had no problems picking up his 36th save of the season, retiring the Nationals in order to preserve the Padres' victory Wednesday. Kimbrel bounced back from an outing Sunday in which he allowed two runs in a non-save situation to register his sixth straight save chance.

    • by Marty Gitlin |

      Padres closer Craig Kimbrel nails down 35th save Wednesday

      Padres closer Craig Kimbrel hasn't given up a run in successive outings since early May. That stretch continued Wednesday against visiting Atlanta. Kimbrel, who allowed a run in earning a save Monday, retired the Braves in order to preserve a 3-2 victory. He fanned Ryan Lavarnway in the process of nailing down his 35th save. He has 16 saves since July 2.

    • by Sean d'Oliveira |

      Padres RP Craig Kimbrel notches save Monday

      Despite allowing two hits and one walk in the ninth inning, Padres pitcher Craig Kimbrel was able to shut the door on the Braves on Monday. Kimbrel entered in the ninth inning with a three-run lead and gave up one run before recording the final three outs in the 5-3 win. It was his 34th save of the season.

    • by Marty Gitlin |

      Padres closer Craig Kimbrel overcomes error to earn save

      Padres closer Craig Kimbrel likely figured it would be a personal night off when his team entered the ninth Saturday in Colorado trailing by a run. Kimbrel then likely figured he had a 1-2-3 save in the bottom of the inning when a grounder was hit to short with two out. Neither proved to be the case. His team scored three in the ninth to give him the save opportunity, which was placed in jeopardy when Clint Barmes booted what should have been the clincher. But Kimbrel got the last out on another grounder to nail down his 33rd save. The veteran has allowed just one earned run since July 12.

    • by Marty Gitlin |

      Padres closer Craig Kimbrel shuts down Reds for 32nd save

      It seems hard to believe that folks were worried about Padres closer Craig Kimbrel just a few months ago. Kimbrel continued to add time since those concerns with another perfect performance Monday in a one-run game against the Reds. He retired them in order in the ninth for his 32nd save, striking out Brandon Phillips along the way. The veteran has allowed only two earned runs since May 19.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Padres' Craig Kimbrel bounces back for 31st save on Saturday

      A night after blowing the save, Padres closer Craig Kimbrel got right back out there and nailed down his 31st save of the year on Saturday. Kimbrel needed 13 pitches to retire the side in order in the ninth, protecting a 5-3 victory over the Marlins. Kimbrel allowed a game-tying home run in the ninth inning on Friday, but was able to rebound nicely a day later.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Padres RP Craig Kimbrel serves up game-tying HR on Friday

      Padres closer Craig Kimbrel blew his second save of the year, as he allowed a game-tying home run to the Marlins' Derek Dietrich in the ninth inning on Friday. The Padres would wind up winning the game 8-3 in 11 innings. Kimbrel, who was the subject of trade rumors over the last several days, had converted 21 straight save opportunities before Friday's hiccup.

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