Can the Boston Red Sox get Craig Kimbrel the baseball?

Phil: Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster? Mrs. Lancaster: I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen. –Groundhog Day The Boston Red Sox pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Fort Myers, FL to begin Spring Training on Feb. 18. There are some new faces, most notably David Price and Craig Kimbrel, but there is a worrisome feeling in New England that this year...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel: Red Sox Bullpen ‘Not Going To Lose Games’ When Starter Exits Game

There were many times during the 2015 season when the Boston Red Sox turned the ball over to the bullpen and no one knew for sure whether the relievers would hold the lead. Things will probably be a little different in 2016. One of the biggest areas of focus for new Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski this offseason has been retooling the bullpen. Dombrowski...
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox pulled out of Aroldis Chapman talks due to domestic incident

The Boston Red Sox were considering a trade for Aroldis Chapman, but pulled out of talks after learning of his alleged domestic dispute, according to a report. The Red Sox were weighing whether to pursue Chapman or Craig Kimbrel, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, until Boston came across the domestic dispute report in their background check. The team promptly stopped...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel Showed a Changeup

There’s a difference between saying a pitcher has a changeup, and saying a pitcher throws a changeup. Pretty much every pitcher has a changeup — all it takes is once or twice having messed around with the grip and the delivery. If a guy has thrown a changeup, and remembers what he did, it could be said the same guy has a changeup. But to say a guy throws a changeup — that...
Via Fangraphs
November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel: ‘Going To Be A Lot Of Fun’ Pitching For Boston Red Sox

Craig Kimbrel is on the move for the second time in seven months. This time, the All-Star closer is entering a whole new environment. Kimbrel, who was traded from the Atlanta Braves to the San Diego Padres on April 5, joined the Boston Red Sox on Friday in a five-player deal that netted the Friars four minor leaguers. The 27-year-old will supplant Koji Uehara as the Red Sox’s closer...
November 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox acquire Craig Kimbrel for four minor leaguers

One day after I wrote about the relief market developing quickly with respect to Darren O’Day, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Red Sox acquired veteran closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres. In return, San Diego gets four young players: Infielders Carlos Asuaje and Javy Guerra, outfielder Manuel Margot, and left-handed pitcher Logan Allen The Padres traded for Kimbrel less...
Via The Outside Corner
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees, Astros reportedly both pursuing Craig Kimbrel

By Joe Lucia San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel could be on the move for the second time in four months. The Padres haven’t made any trades this July, yet are reportedly in discussions with multiple teams about multiple players, including Kimbrel. The teams hottest on Kimbrel? The AL East leading Yankees and AL West leading Astros. The Padres spoke overnight with both the...
Via The Outside Corner
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Braves should deal Craig Kimbrel

As November turns into December, we have a pretty good idea of what most teams are attempting to do with their short-term futures. The Red Sox are going for it, obviously, and so are the Blue Jays. The White Sox seem like they’re trying to improve for 2015; the Phillies might finally be ready to accept that they need to start over. Teams like the Cubs, Dodgers and Yankees haven’t...
Via Fangraphs
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves land Russell, Bonifacio from Chicago Cubs

The Atlanta Braves improved their bullpen and bench on Thursday, acquiring left-handed reliever James Russell and utility player Emilio Bonifacio as well as cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs for prospect Victor Caratini just before the Jul. 30 trade deadline. Russell represents a reliable reliever for the Braves Russell, now in his fifth Major League season, joins a Braves...
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: How to defeat the Atlanta Braves

Over the last year the Washington Nationals have struggled mightily with their division rival Atlanta Braves. The Nationals went 6-13 against the Braves last year, and lost two out of three in their opening series of 2014. To overcome last year’s struggles and win the NL East, Washington must figure out how to beat Atlanta on a consistent basis. To do this, they must avoid late...
April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

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