Oct 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) comes into the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of game two of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Craig Kimbrel Signs Dotted Line, Frank Wren Speaks On Paperwork


Oct 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) reacts after walking Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier (not pictured) in the ninth inning of game two of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Turner Field. The Braves won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) reacts after walking Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier (not pictured) in the ninth inning of game two of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Turner Field. The Braves won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

News broke early Sunday morning from Sunny Orlando, Florida that Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has officially signed a four year $42M contract, plus a $13M fifth-year option.

“It’s exciting to know I’m going to be the same teammates with the same organization in a place I love” Kimbrel said.

He will also have a $3.5M in incentives that could make if $57.5M if he achieves a couple of accomplishments and incentives are reached – via All-Star, Cy Young, etc.

Craig joins a group of young talented Braves players who have signed the paperwork in the past month or so.  Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Julio Teheran and now OUR closer.

“I want to be closing out division titles and (league) championships and World Series.  And we have the team to do it” Kimbrel said.

This new Frank Wren checkbook has come to quite the surprise for Braves fans but it’s definitely putting excitement in the air.

Since the news broke on Craig, twitter took storm to “who’s next” for the Braves to sign – could it be Andrelton Simmons?  Mike Minor? Kris Medlen?  We’ll have to wait and see but for now, locking up Kimbrel makes my heart race in anticipation for the season.

Take a listen to what Braves GM Frank Wren said about the Kimbrel signing….

 

 


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  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Wren put in a subtle shot to Jim Bowden here in this interview. Here’s the part I mean:

    Wren: “I think the arbitration and file-and-trial philosophy we have actually helped us in this case.”
    (there’s a subtle “um hum” in the background – likely from Jim Duquette).
    Jim Bowden: “That’s interesting”

    A couple of weeks ago, Bowden was VERY public in several posts and statements in his opinion that the file-and-trial policies still remaining in the league (there’s 4 teams plus 3-4 others, depending on the circumstances) are antiquated in this industry and should be scrapped. He was looking right at Frank Wren and the Braves when he made those remarks, too., because the Braves had the most going to the trial table.

    Wren’s counter was made today: it _helped_ the Braves; didn’t hurt them or their policy. I gotta think that Frank – knowing who he was talking to – stuck that jibe in just to tell Jim that he was wrong.

    Well played, Frank.

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