Braves not interested in dealing Kimbrel

The Braves have reconstructed their roster this offseason through a number of trades and free-agent signings, but the club has no desire to deal closer Craig Kimbrel, reports Mark Bowman of MLB.com.

Kimbrel, 26, is arguably the best closer in the game and could bring back a solid return, but it appears Atlanta has no interest at this point in making a move with the right-hander. He’s a four-time All-Star who has led the National League in saves in each of the last four seasons. Kimbrel is signed through the 2017 season and has a $13 million option for 2018.

This offseason, the Braves have already traded Justin Upton, Jason Heyward, and Evan Gattis. On this surface, it appears the Braves are rebuilding. But the organization’s public stance is that it can still compete this season and next.

“We love our core group,” Braves president of baseball operations John Hart told Bowman on Thursday morning. “We have added quality players around this group to allow us to compete while strengthening the farm system.  We’ve added (Nick) Markakis, (Jason) Grilli,  (Jim) Johnson, A.J. (Pierzynski) and others to help us compete this year.  We have never entertained trading (Kimbrel) and have had zero conversations with any clubs about Craig. I want him finishing out a World Series win.”

— Austin Laymance

2 Comments

What is it with Atlanta and the bargain basement “maybe someday we’ll use them but we’ll probably trade them for another prospect” attitude? The Braves might just as well deal Craig Kimbrel at this point.
After trading almost all of their power bats and thus resigning themselves to be a rebuilding team over the next 2 to 3 seasons, they just have no reason to keep the big money contract of a Kimbrel. Better that he can go and help some team who may actually be a contender.
Atlanta now has 2 possible power bats in Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman, but no one to protect either one of them in the lineup. Losing Evan Gattis was just the last straw in what is clearly going to be a a dismal 2015 season.
Jon Hart is somewhat off the deep end if he believes that “only” young prospect pitching is going to get Kimbrel anywhere near the play-offs, not even to mention, “finishing out a World Series win”.

If the candidate says to give them a “challenging” task Gabriela

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