(WTVO/WQRF) — The Cubs have addressed the biggest need on their team. They’ve signed free agent closer Craig Kimbrel.
According to multiple reports Kimbrel has agreed to a three-year $43 million contract with the Cubs. Kimbrel has 333 saves in his career with an 1.91 ERA. He is a seven-time All-Star.
He was with the Red Sox lats season. He had 42 saves in the regular season but he struggled in the playoffs. The Red Sox chose not to re-sign him and Kimbrel hit the free agent market. He didn’t receive the long-term offers he had been hoping for over the winter and spring.
The Cubs are hoping he’ll be ready to go in a couple weeks.
“This is big,” first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. “It’s a credit to [the front office] for believing in us.”