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. Take Diaz out of the equation, as he has performed up to billing during his time in the Big Apple; is there anyone else in Mickey Callaway's bullpen that can be trusted to get outs late in close games? 


In addition, what makes you think that a guy with seven All-Star appearances and 333 career saves will suddenly take a back seat to Diaz? 

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.