Braves have not had talks with Kimbrel

The Bunker Mentality
February 19, 2019 - 8:57 pm

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

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Everyone in Braves Nation wants to talk about free agent closer Craig Kimbrel as a possible addition for the Atlanta Braves as pitchers and catchers have reported to Spring Training and the 2019 season approaches. But Atlanta Journal-Constitution beat writer, Gabe Burns, shared bad news with Andy Bunker Tuesday night for those fans anxiously awaiting No. 46 as a ninth-inning option at SunTrust Park.

"To this point," Burns mentioned on The Bunker Mentality, the Braves have not had talks with Kimbrel."

Burns does believe the team could still make a move or moves prior to the season starting, however.

"I think there's still a possibility they could add a reliever," said Burns. "I wouldn't completely rule that out. They wanted to add another starter to the mix, but I think it's so late in the game, given who's available in free agency, given who's available for trade.

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"I loved Corey Kluber as an option earlier this winter, Cleveland, ultimately, doesn't seem like they're going to move him. The move [left before Opening Day] that I would think would be a bench player or a reliever."

Sounds like the smart money is on a reliever for the Braves, just not the one everyone is clamoring over.