Tag: Craig Kimbrel

San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel pumps his fist as he watches the final out in the Padres' 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Report: The Padres pulled Craig Kimbrel back off waivers


It was reported Friday that Padres closer Craig Kimbrel was claimed off revocable waivers by an unidentified team. All indications were that the Padres would keep him and it’s now official.

Since the Padres pulled him back off waivers, this makes him ineligible to traded for the remainder of the season. Kimbrel was linked in some trade rumors leading up to the July 31 non-waiver deadline, so perhaps we’ll hear more this winter.

Kimbrel, who was acquired from the Braves at the end of spring training, has posted a 2.68 ERA and 68/18 K/BB ratio in 50 innings this season while going 36-for-38 in save opportunities. The 27-year-old is owed $24 million over the next two seasons and his contract carries a $13 million club option or $1 million buyout for 2018.

Craig Kimbrel claimed on waivers by unknown team

Craig Kimbrel

Padres closer Craig Kimbrel was claimed on revocable waivers by an unknown team, but the team has no plans to trade him, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Padres drew some interest in Kimbrel leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but ultimately decided to keep the flamethrowing right-hander.

Kimbrel, 27, is earning $9 million this season, the second year of a four-year, $42 million extension he signed with the Braves in February 2014. The Braves sent him to San Diego in April along with Melvin Upton in exchange for Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, Matt Wisler, Jordan Paroubeck, and the 2015 competitive balance round A pick.

Kimbrel is 36-for-38 in save situations this season with a 2.88 ERA and a 68/18 K/BB ratio in 50 innings.

Jedd Gyorko starting at shortstop for first time in pro ball

San Diego Padres' Jedd Gyorko follows the flight of his three-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Rafael Betancourt during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Denver. San Diego won 9-5. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Padres’ lineup has a different look for tonight’s game against the Braves, as Corey Brock of MLB.com notes that Jedd Gyorko is making the start at shortstop.

This is notable because Gyorko has never played shortstop as a professional. That’s right, not in the majors or the minors. He has almost exclusively played either second base or third. However, the Padres are looking at alternatives to Alexi Amarista and his .553 OPS, so they are willing to take some chances with their alignment even though it might not be pretty. You might recall that Will Middlebrooks has even made some starts at shortstop this season.

The Padres had a “shortstop of the future” in prospect Trea Turner, but they traded him to the Nationals as the player-to-be-named-later in the three-team Wil Myers deal. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported last month that the Padres tried to get Turner back in a deal for Craig Kimbrel, but obviously nothing came of it. You can bet that shortstop will be on A.J. Preller’s wish list this offseason.

Report: Padres asked Diamondbacks for Paul Goldschmidt in a Craig Kimbrel trade

Paul Goldschmidt

Vince Marotta of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports that the Padres asked Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart for All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in return in a trade involving closer Craig Kimbrel. Needless to say, discussions didn’t get very far.

“I don’t know that it was not wanting to trade within the division, but I can tell you the quality of players that they asked for — including our first baseman, Paul Goldschmidt…”

Stewart couldn’t finish his sentence as he was interrupted by Gambo.

“They asked for Paul Goldschmidt,” Gambo asked.

“Now you get it,” Stewart responded while laughing.

Hey, it doesn’t hurt to ask, right?

Goldschmidt, 27, is in the midst of an MVP-caliber season, batting .347/.464/.605 with 22 home runs, 77 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. He currently leads baseball in on-base percentage, and leads the National League in batting average, hits (124), and walks (82).

Beyond that, Goldschmidt is signed to a very team-friendly contract, as he signed a five-year, $32 million extension with the Diamondbacks in March of 2013. He’s earning $3 million this season and his salary escalates slightly each season through 2019. His elite production plus his contract make him one of the most valuable players in baseball in every sense of the word “valuable”.

The Diamondbacks also showed interest in Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, but didn’t end up pulling the trigger on any trade for a closer, so they’ll roll with Brad Ziegler in the ninth inning the rest of the way.