By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Chicago Cubs signed the best closer in the game. The Cubs signed free agent Craig Kimbrel on Wednesday night.
He signed a multi-year deal with the Cubs worth $43 million. He is the active saves leader with 333.
The 31-year-old will receive $10 million for the rest of the 2019 season. Despite having a $10 million salary, he will cause the Cubs to have a $14.3 million luxury tax charge.
He will also make $16 million in 2020 and 2021. There is also a vesting/club option for the 2022 season at $16 million, or a $1 million buyout.
Kimbrel spent the last three seasons with the Boston Red Sox. Last season, he helped the Red Sox win the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He had 42 saves during the 2018 season. He also had a 2.74 ERA.
Kimbrel was one of two marquee free agents, who were not signed during the free agency period. Dallas Kuechel also was unsigned.
Teams refused to sign Kimbrel and Kuechel before the draft because they could have lost draft compensation. Now that the draft is over, teams will not be hit with a lost of pick by signing these two players.
The Cubs have been without Brandon Morrow for the entire season. Despite that, Chicago has a 4.02 ERA in the National League.
Only two Cubs pitchers have a below-3.00 ERA. Those pitchers are Steve Cishek (2.88) and Brandon Kintzler (2.73).
Tyler Chatwood has pitched the most of the relievers with 31 1/3 innings.