The waiting game may be nearing its merciful end for free agent closer Craig Kimbrel.
Still without a job on Mar. 20, Kimbrel now finds himself drawing some interest from the Milwaukee Brewers, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray. And while the interest is reportedly there on the part of the Brewers, it's certainly worth mentioning that there's 'no indication of a possible agreement' in place, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
And touching on that last point, it seems easy to assume that price remains the biggest issue with Kimbrel. I mean, it's the only reason the 30-year-old Kimbrel, who converted 108 of his 119 save opportunities over a three-year run with the Red Sox, remains on the open market.
Kimbrel reportedly entered the market with the hopes of securing a $100 million contract, and with that market being just plain nonexistent, word grew that Kimbrel was entertaining the idea of straight-up sitting out the 2019 season if nobody paid him a market value deal.
But should the sides come to terms on a deal, Kimbrel would simply be another weapon for what's an already-loaded Brewer bullpen led by Josh Hader and Corey Knebel, and for a Milwaukee team that came just one Game 7 victory short of facing the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 World Series.
The Red Sox, by the way, have still not officially named a closer for the 2019 season.