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Chicago Cubs Win with Signing of Craig Kimbrel

The Chicago Cubs agreed to a deal with free-agent pitcher Craig Kimbrel on Wednesday night. The deal is for three years and $43 million and is pending a physical. The deal includes a $1 million buyout on a club/vesting option for the fourth year.

Kimbrel had spent the last three years with the Boston Red Sox . Last year he had42 saves with  a ERA of 2.74 with 96 strikeouts and 31 walks. Kimbrel has a 1.91 ERA with 868 strikeouts and 333 saves. He is a seven-time All-Star, has won a World Series title and was the 2011 National League Rookie of the Year.

The Cubs are really excited about Kimbrel joining the team. Cubs closer Pedro Strop told ESPN: He’s awesome. You’re bringing in — if he’s not the best, he’s one of the best closers in the game. Hopefully he’s in good shape so he can help us win another World Series. … He’s one of my favorites.”

Signing Kimbrel is a great move by the Cubs. Kimbrel is a good pitcher and one of the best closers in the game. He will fill a need for the Cubs, which is relief in the late innings of games. Cub relievers have blown 11 saves this season, third most in the majors. Entering Wednesday the Cubs bullpen had a 4.02 ERA and the Cubs had the highets walk rate(12.2 percent ), a strikoue-minus-walk percentage of 10.7 and the lowest swinging-strike rate (10.4 percent ) in the National League, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.

“It’s definitely a boost, just obviously when you sign Craig Kimbrel, with what he’s done, winning the World Series last year and what he’s done throughout his career is amazing,”Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo told Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago. “It’s definitely a big boost for us and just lengthens everything out once he gets here and gets settled in.We’re pumped.”

Cbus pitcher Jon Lester told Stebbins: “I think really the only thing that this move does is lengthen our bullpen,” Lester said. “Now it takes a little bit of pressure off of us as starters when we don’t have our good stuff, where we’re grinding and we’ve got to fill that hole to get to that back end, we’re able to do that probably a little bit easier than we have been.”

Lester added, “Now our bullpen gets a little bit deeper. You’re not worried about matching guys up, and ‘What about tomorrow?’ I feel like we’re able to play that game a little bit more now that we have [Kimbrel], we have [Pedro Strop] back now.” This is a huge boost for us. I hope he can get here soon and get in uniform.”

The Cubs are winnners for signing Kimbrel. They now have the depth and help they needed in the bullpen. Now they have a good shot at winning the division and posssibly winning the World Series.

 

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Dallas Keuchel Should Sign with the Yankees

One of the biggest questions in baseball right now is where will former Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel sign? Last fall Keuchel turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Astros. This spring he turned down a one-year, $15 million offer form Houston.

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the New York Yankees and the Atlanta Braves are the favorites to sign Keuchel. Feinsand also said that a second source believes that the Yankees are the true favorites to land Dallas. And yes Keuchel would shave his beard if he were to sign with the Yankees, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

The Yankees think that Keuchel wants to play for them. On Tuesday Feinsand went on WFAN and told Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts that Keuchel wants to be in pinstripes.

“What I’m hearing is there are probably three, four, five teams that are interested in Keuchel. They are all in that one-year mix, probably in the same range. I don’t know the exact number. I’d guess they’re probably throwing out $15 million or so … prorated obviously for the season. I think he wants $18 million. He wants the number that he turned down in the qualifying offer, kind of helps save face. What I’m hearing from people is the Yankees is where he wants to go. I just find it hard to believe that if he wants to come here and they’re interested that it won’t get done one way or another.”

Last year Keuchel was 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA. In seven seasons with the Astros he was 76-63 with a3.66 ERA. In eight starts against the Yankees he is 4-4 with a 2.22 ERA. At Yankee Stadium he is 3-2 with a 2.45 ERA.

Keuchel should sign with the Yankees. He would provide depth and insurance to the Yankees. Luis Severino hasn’t played at all this season, although he could return after the All-Star break. James Paxton and CC Sabathia have spent time on the injured list. Keuchel could step up and help the Yankees win games should one of their pitchers get injured late in the season or in the playoffs.

Keuchel is a former CY Young award winner, which means he’s a good pitcher. He could help the Yankees alot should they need any help. Also he wants to play for the Yankees, so why should he sign with the team that isn’t the Yankees? So look for Keuchel to sign with the Yankees sometime soon.

Michael Chavis Could provide a Shot in the Arm for the Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox made a series of roster moves on Friday. Infielder Eduardo Nunez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain and Tzu-Wei Lin and Michael Chavis were called up since second baseman Dustin Pedroia and infielder Brock Holt are on the injured list.

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An Appreciation of Andrelton Simmons

The Angels have 2 of the most dynamic players in baseball: Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. Trout is undisputedly the best player in the game and likely going to be a top 10 player all-time when it’s all said and done. Ohtani is the first player since Babe Ruth, to consistently hit and pitch in the same year. Yet, when people talk about the Angels, Andrelton Simmons is often not in the discussion for the 2nd best player on the team but that’s exactly what he is.

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What’s wrong with the Old Ball Game?

As baseball season is about to begin once again, for me it doesn’t feel the same anymore, I’m not excited as I used to be, I’ll explain more.

When I made my first trip to old Yankee Stadium in 2007, I immediately fell in love with the game of baseball. I watched every Yankees game, including spring training, even while I was in class at school, I didn’t care. I was so passionate that I watched spring training games on MLB.TV instead of a big Champions League knockout match. I was very weird among people in my school.

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