Kimbrel Signs With The Cubs…What About Keuchel?


Craig Kimbrel/Dallas Keuchel

Chris Urban, Editor

Craig Kimbrel agreed to sign a contract with the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. It was reported earlier Wednesday that the Cubs were “pushing hard” for Kimbrel now that he’s no longer tied to draft pick compensation. The contract is worth $43 million over three years, and includes a fourth-year option for the 31 year old. The Chicago Cubs have blown 11 saves this season, so the addition of the veteran right hander can take the Cubs to the next level defensively. The 7x All-Star and former Rookie of the Year (2011) has a 1.91 ERA, 0.920 WHIP, 868 strikeouts, and 333 saves over his 532.2 inning career. Most recently in 2018, Kimbrel had a 42 save All-Star year with the Boston Red Sox. The Chicago Cubs have finally found a high end closer that can secure the 9th inning and push their plethora of other relievers in better positions to succeed. Kimbrel will look to join the Cubs around June 20th.

Now that Kimbrel is locked up, what team will pounce on Keuchel? The 2015 AL Cy Young, 2X All-Star, and 4X Gold Glove winner remains unsigned despite many teams that could use a middle of the rotation starter. The 31 year old has posted a 3.66 ERA, a 1.250 WHIP, 945 strikeouts, and a 76-63 record across 1189.1 career innings. The 7 year Houston Astro has been in the conversation of going to the Yankees, Philllies, Twins, and remaining with the Astros. It won’t take too long (maybe even this week) for Keuchel to be signed.