By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
It’s been no secret that Craig Kimbrel is looking for a big money contract this offseason, but a new report indicates that the Red Sox closer might be looking for a deal far beyond what any relief pitcher has ever received in free agency.
According to Jayson Stark of The Athletic, Kimbrel is said to be looking for a six-year contract worth at least $100 million.
I've heard execs from 2 teams say this week that Craig Kimbrel is looking for a deal north of $100 million for 6 years.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 13, 2018
He's one of the greatest closers of all time. But is there a record deal out there for him? Hard to say in a bullpen market that has barely moved.
If Kimbrel were to find a suitor willing to make that type of commitment, it would make him the highest-paid closer in the history of the game by far.
Aroldis Chapman currently holds the record for the largest contract for a relief pitcher, a five-year, $86 million deal with the Yankees. Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers is the only other closer to hit the $80 million mark with his five-year pact in Los Angeles.
No closer has ever secured a six-year deal in free agency.
With this type of ask, it should come as no surprise that the Red Sox reportedly do not expect Kimbrel back in 2019.
Kimbrel’s agent, Dave Meter, has not been shy when talking about his client this offseason. Last month, he claimed Kimbrel was the greatest closer of all-time.
Now, it sounds like Kimbrel and his agent are looking for the money to support that statement.