Oct 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of game two of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Turner Field. The Braves won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves considering trading Craig Kimbrel?


In a free agent market that is relatively deep with talent, trades are also being talked about within the MLB.

We’ve heard talks of a possible trade of David Price, pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, among others. With Price’s name coming up most often, this leaves the door open for other teams to check out the trade market, including the Atlanta Braves. Craig Kimbrel, is arguably the best player on Atlanta’s roster right now, and coul be considered the best closer in the league, now that Mariano Rivera is no longer playing.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN Insiders,

They should be looking to trade him, and right now might be the best possible time.

The Braves control Kimbrel for three more seasons before he becomes eligible for free agency after the 2016 season, and he’s about to get pretty expensive through arbitration, with his salary climbing from $655,000 in 2013 to the expected range of $7.25 million, according to MLB Trade Rumors.

You cannot overstate how great Kimbrel has been in his first four years in the big leagues. In fact, try this on for size: His first four seasons are arguably the best of any reliever ever. The right-hander has allowed only 123 hits in 227 1/3 innings, with 381 strikeouts, 82 walks and just 10 homers surrendered. He has a career ERA of 1.39.

Do you think the Braves should trade Kimbrel away right now before the start of next season, or keep him for the long run? Sound off in the comments below.

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  • Joe Jackson

    You can’t be serious. Braves trade Kimbrel ??? Why ??? What’s the upside ???

    • Jason Barber

      its something that will never ever happen in our lifetime so do not even worry about it

      • Matt Talbert

        Send him to baltimore and BJ Upton for Adam Jones …lol…XD

  • holoh

    I question the knowledge of a writer that writes “could be considered the best closer in the league, now that Mariano Rivera is no longer playing.” Mariano and Craig were in DIFFERENT LEAGUES!!! Also, if 75% of your article is a single quote from another journalist, you probably should have just let that journalists story stand on its own.

    • John Lazzaro

      Who cares! Guy has been dominate doesn’t matter what league it was. By your logic Trevor Hoffman isn’t a great closer since he was in the national league all of his career.This guy is a great reliever and should be paid as such.

      • holoh

        If you don’t care, then don’t read the comments, dumbass. I didn’t have any logic about who is, isn’t, was or wasn’t a great closer. I was simply pointing out that the author doesn’t know enough about baseball to know that the American League and the National League are different leagues and that 75% of his article was lifted from another media story. I agree with you that Kimbrel is a great closer – I think even better than Rivera but my previous comment had nothing to do with that.

        • John Lazzaro

          Someone needs a bottle apparently so you agree with me but call me a dumbass that’s his respective league it’s irrelevant if it’s al or not

          • holoh

            Yes, I called you a dumbass because I call a spade a spade. The author said “coul be considered the best closer in the league”. The article made the distinction between leagues relevant. These comments are on the article, not on what your ego thinks is important or relevant. I have news for you – you are not that important.

          • John Lazzaro

            You aren’t either just a self important douchebag from what I can see

          • holoh

            Once again, you argue against a point that I did not make. I did not say that I was important; I said YOU weren’t. You thought you were important enough that my comment was directed towards you. “You probably think this post is about you, don’t you, don’t you”. IDIOT.

          • John Lazzaro

            Nothing about leagues was brought up neither league was mentioned only that Kimbrel could be traded in the same manner as David Price to get a good package back

          • holoh

            Are you out of your God damned mind? “coul be considered the best closer in the LEAGUE, now that Mariano Rivera is no longer playing.” – that is a direct quote from the article, you dumbass. You are an extra special kind of stupid aren’t you?