By Thomas Gibbons
The Cubs needed a closer–desperately. Wednesday night, they got one.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cubs and Craig Kimbrel are in agreement on a three-year deal worth close to $45 million.
Bob Nightengale from USA Today has reported that the Cubs have used the money saved from Ben Zobrist’s leave of absence.
Rumors surfaced earlier today that the Cubs were pursuing the 31 year-old closer. Jon Morosi of the MLB Network was on 670 the Score Wednesday afternoon and reported that he believed the Cubs were the front-runners for Kimbrel.
After Brandon Morrow suffered yet another setback during his recovery from his injured elbow, there was a growing concern that the Cubs may need help sooner rather than later. Fans were calling for Kimbrel early and often but no dice.
Last season with the Red Sox, Kimbrel went 42 for 47 in save opportunities, posting a 2.74 ERA and striking out 96 batters. His career ERA sits at 1.91 and has consistently been one of the best closers in the game since he broke onto the scene in 2011 with Atlanta.