The White Sox have acquired possibly the best relief pitcher on the market at the MLB trade deadline. Craig Kimbrel is moving from the North Side to the South Side after being traded from one Chicago team to the other. The Cubs are reportedly receiving second baseman Nick Madrigal and RHP Codi Heuer in the deal.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported the news via Twitter on Friday afternoon.
The Chicago White Sox are finalizing a deal to acquire closer Craig Kimbrel from the Chicago Cubs, sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2021
Kimbrel has been dominant this season, despite the Cubs’ struggles. In 36.2 innings pitched, he has a shocking 0.49 ERA. He has continued to be one of the best strikeout pitchers in the league, fanning 64 in 2021.
The 33-year-old closer is also very decorated. In addition to eight All-Star appearances, including a selection in 2021, he has a Rookie of the Year award and a World Series championship with the Boston Red Sox in 2018.
The White Sox will be his fifth team since debuting for the Braves in 2010. While one Chicago team continues to sell off players, the other is gearing up for a deep playoff run after grabbing a closer like Kimbrel.
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