Some are trying to throw cold water on the rumors that emerged last night regarding a possible union between Craig Kimbrel and the Milwaukee Brewers. Others, however, are not.
Brewers talks with Craig Kimbrel are pretty serious I hear. They already had the best pen last year, so this would be strengthening a strength @ken_rand @ByRobertMurray 1st mentioned— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 20, 2019
And it isn’t just us fans and analysts who are getting excited about the idea of adding Kimbrel to a bullpen that already includes Josh Hader, Jeremy Jeffress, Corey Knebel, and Junior Guerra. “We have a solid group right now, and adding another solid arm, it would be huge ... Any piece we could get to put ourselves in a better position to win would be a good thing for that ultimate goal,” says Hader.
Veteran leader Ryan Braun: “It’s exciting and it’s encouraging for everybody in the locker room when you see your team associated with the best players available. It’s something that can lift the spirits of the entire room. You guys have been there, you’ve seen the response at the Trade Deadline. But the offseason, it’s the same thing. When you add really good players and you’re in the mix for the best players available, it’s exciting and it’s encouraging.”
Mike Moustakas, who like Kimbrel, knows what it is like to linger on the free agent market deep into the winter: “As a teammate, I would be very excited to have him on the team. Whatever team he goes to, he makes them instantly better ... All I can say is selfishly, I want him on this team. With Hader, Knebel, JJ, the rest of our bullpen, it would make it a race to the sixth inning.”
Boy, would it sure be something if Slingin’ David Stearns and owner Mark Attanasio figure out a way to get this deal done.
I call dibs on the paradigm-shifting book that delves into how the Brewers disrupted the sport by discovering that good players will join your team in exchange for money.— Brendan O'Toole (@unexpectedbass) March 20, 2019