It's April 20th, and Craig Kimbrel, inarguably one of the best relievers in baseball both today and in the history of the game, remains without a team.
While the Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves have reportedly dipped their toes in the Kimbrel sweepstakes over the last couple of months, the New York Mets remain one of the most realistic suitors for his services. There's just one little catch to their plan: they want him to serve in the Andrew Miller fireman role rather than take the ninth inning away from Edwin Diaz every night.
It must be said that the Mets are not in a position to be playing hardball, of course.
Free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel continues to seek a deal he believes to be fair and in the range of two recent free-agent relievers, Wade Davis (3 years, $52M) and Zack Britton (3/$39M), sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 13, 2019
Kimbrel would be a great addition to the Mets bullpen, as he and Diaz would have a chance to be nigh-unstoppable at the back end of games. However, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen overplaying his hand like this is foolish, and will likely drive Kimbrel elsewhere.