The months-long wait is over, as free agent Craig Kimbrel has finally found a home, finalizing a three-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.
The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal was the first to break the news early Wednesday evening on an agreement between Kimbrel and the Cubs:
ESPN's Jeff Passan later reported the deal to be for three years at $43 million:
Today, Kimbrel was officially welcomed by the team:
The Cubs currently lead the NL Central by half-a-game despite having a true closer, so this is a big pickup by Chicago. Kimbrel fills that void as he's one of the best closers in the game, and on pace to be perhaps the most dominant one in Major League history. He's certainly trending in that direction. Only 31 and already with 333 saves and a 1.91 ERA. Simply dominant.
In his three seasons with the Red Sox, Kimbrel converted 108 of 119 save opportunities with a 2.44 ERA in 187 games, and struck out 14.89 hitters per nine innings (14.67 for career).
Kimbrel appeared in nine playoff games for the Red Sox last year, going six-for-six in save opportunities despite posting a 5.91 ERA in October.
At the beginning of the offseason, Kimbrel was seeking a six-year deal north of $100 million.