April 15, 2019 / 1:50 AM / 7 days ago

Report: Closer Kimbrel's asking price may be dropping

FILE PHOTO: Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel throws in the ninth inning of their MLB National League baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Washington August 6, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Unemployed closer Craig Kimbrel’s asking price may have fallen.

The free agent, who pitched for the World Series champion Boston Red Sox last year, originally was seeking a deal in the vicinity of six years for $100 million, The Athletic reported in December.

But on Sunday, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that Kimbrel could be willing to take less. Rosenthal tweeted that “Kimbrel continues to seek a deal he believes to be fair” and cited the deals signed by relievers Wade Davis (three years, $52 million) and Zack Britton (three years, $39 million) as benchmarks for Kimbrel.

Kimbrel, who turns 31 in May, was 5-1 with a 2.74 ERA and 42 saves last season. Four times in his nine-year career he has led the league in saves and has 333 for his career.

A seven-time All-Star, Kimbrel has finished in the top 10 in Cy Young Award balloting five times. He has a career 31-19 record and 1.91 ERA.

He pitched the first five years of his career for the Atlanta Braves, followed by a season with the San Diego Padres and three years in Boston.

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