The free agent closer signed a three-year deal (really 2.5) with the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday evening finally putting an end to one of the two big free agents who were waiting to be signed.
Jon Morosi of the MLB Network confirmed that the seven-time All-Star has signed a 3-year deal worth $43 million. The Cubs' payroll already tops $213MM, and their luxury-tax payroll (calculated by the combined average annual values of all the contracts on the roster) checks in north of $227MM, per Roster Resources' Jason Martinez.
This marks the third time in four seasons Epstein and his staff acquired a closer, but this one did not cost them any prospects. Kimbrel won't be ready to step directly into a game setting, of course, but he's assuredly been throwing in preparation to join a team as soon as possible.
Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel have been the top free agents still available after failing to sign deals this offseason.
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There are no more penalties or loss of a draft pick attached to signing Kimbrel, plus the Cubs may not be paying Ben Zobrist, as he's been on the restricted list since early May. Kimbrel, who according to sources wants a multi-year contract, turned down the Red Sox's qualifying offer of $17.9 million last November.
The Cubs were in desperate need of bullpen help, having gone 12-for-23 in save chances this season.
The Twins entered their game Wednesday in Cleveland with a 10.5-game lead over the Indians in the American League Central.
With less than two months until the July 31 trade deadline, the Dodgers will nearly certainly address their bullpen in the weeks ahead.