The Washington Nationals have interest in free agent and former Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel, according to a report late Saturday night from ESPN’s Keith Law.
heard Nationals/Kimbrel is “further down the road” than reported— keithlaw (@keithlaw) March 3, 2019
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal also said in his latest notes column that the Nationals are pondering Kimbrel and the Atlanta Braves, Kimbrel’s former team, may also have interest in him.
Latest notes! Trout’s value: Far more than Harper and Machado; #Nationals ponder Kimbrel; #SFGiants still in tough spot; #Athletics not giving up on Kyler Murray; thoughts on Khris Davis extension. https://t.co/qEU5xN78YO $— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 2, 2019
Kimbrel, who will turn 31 in May, is still unsigned in another slow MLB free agent market. He had 42 saves in 47 opportunities with a 2.74 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 62.1 innings. But he also struggled with control in both the regular season and postseason. Kimbrel walked 31 batters in the regular season, one off his career high set in 2011. In the postseason, Kimbrel had a dismal 1.594 WHIP and walked 10 in 10.2 innings. He gave up seven earned runs and yielded a 5.90 postseason ERA.
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told the Globe Monday that he doesn’t expect to make any roster additions before the season starts, which makes it unlikely Kimbrel will return to Boston.
“As far as signings are concerned, I would say we’re through at this point,’’ Dombrowski said. “That’s something we’ll follow as we follow other things, so I can’t ever rule that out. But we don’t have anything going outside the organization. But you stay in contact with people to see if a situation makes sense.’’