Skip to main content

Report: Craig Kimbrel is a priority for the Twins

Joel Sherman of the New York Post talked to an executive about Kimbrel.

UPDATE 9:15 P.M. 

So much for the Kimbrel to the Twins hype. A report says Kimbrel has agreed to sign with the Chicago Cubs. 

Update: 11:47 A.M

Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network and The Athletic reports the Cubs are pushing hard for Kimbrel.

Rosenthal reports (paywall) that the Twins and Phillies are among the the other teams talking to the free-agent reliever.

Original story: 

Signing seven-time All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel might require a team committing $15 million to $17 million and a three-year contract, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand

Among Kimbrel's potential suitors are the Minnesota Twins, according to Feinsand, who says the Braves, Brewers, Phillies, Rays, Red Sox and Cubs are also in the mix to sign the hard-throwing right-hander. 

Joel Sherman of the New York Post has been led to believe that the Twins consider signing Kimbrel a priority. Here's what he had to say in his Tuesday's column about Kimbrel and free agent starter Dallas Keuchel. 

"Keuchel and Kimbrel both turned down the qualifying offer, which was for $17.9 million. So to save some face there is at least the perception both need to get at minimum the pro-rated portion of $17.9 million. Let’s eliminate Kimbrel from this discussion because executives I talked to say the closer is still trying to score a multi-year deal and one executive described him as a priority for the Twins. Plus, neither of the New York teams appear after Kimbrel, while the Yankees are very much interested in Keuchel."

With a 10-game lead in the AL Central, the Twins are huge favorites to push win the division and compete for home-field advantage in the postseason. But winning in the playoffs usually requires a stellar bullpen, and Minnesota's has been shaky with a 4.56 combined ERA (10th in the AL). 

Do the Twins recognize that and are they willing to give Kimbrel a riskier multi-year contract?

"I absolutely think they have interest for one year," Dan Hayes of The Athletic said Tuesday on SKOR North radio. "Do I think they have interest in 3 years? No, I don't think so." 

One could easily argue that signing Kimbrel only costs the Twins money, whereas trading for a stud reliever would cost Minnesota valuable prospects, which could later reveal more painful long-term effects if prospects traded away become stars for other teams. 

Is Keuchel on the Twins' radar? MLB insider Jon Heyman said on Tuesday's episode of the Big Time Baseball podcast that the Twins could land Keuchel, but the "Yankees, Braves, Cardinals are the favorites." 

Next Up

money hundred dollar bills

Chanhassen psychologist pleads guilty to $550K billing fraud

Charles Howard Jorenby, 57, pleaded guilty to one count of healthcare fraud in U.S. District Court late last month.

police lights squad car

Charges: Coon Rapids man had 25 pounds of cocaine from Mexico

Luis Javier Avila-Lopez, 38, was arrested after law enforcement seized the cocaine earlier this year.

Screen Shot 2022-12-04 at 9.16.52 AM

Responding to Twitter release, former Minnesota GOP candidate calls for 'bullets'

It was in response to a thread on Twitter concerning the social media giant's moderation efforts regarding political issues.

snow

NWS: 'Safe to say' more active weather is ahead

Three rounds of light snow around Minnesota before more substantial precipitation becomes a possibility.

7F060B54-5776-4E1A-A42C-F36C22FAF493

Hero dad who stopped carjacker who fled with his kids identified

A GoFundMe has been set up to support Derek Gotchie and his family following the incident.

Screen Shot 2022-12-03 at 4.35.18 PM

Watch: New London-Spicer wins 3A championship on incredible walk-off TD

New London-Spicer defeated the unbeaten Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in remarkable circumstances.

MoorheadMurderSuspect

Suspect in woman's killing in Moorhead is arrested

James Kollie Jr. was arrested Friday evening.

Jennifer Carnahan

Former chair Jennifer Carnahan sues Minnesota GOP, which is suing her back

Carnahan stepped down under a cloud of controversy in August 2021.

Minneapolis Fire Department

One injured after leaping from burning vacant building in Minneapolis

Authorities say the building is known to be used by squatters.

ambulance

Head-on crash leaves two drivers dead in southeastern Minnesota

The crash happened in Houston County just before 4 p.m. Friday.

Related

Craig Kimbrel

Report: Craig Kimbrel to the Cubs, not the Twins

The Twins have the 10th-ranked bullpen ERA in the American League.

Maybe Craig Kimbrel isn't interested in playing for the Twins

Kimbrel remains unsigned nearly a month into the season.

We could learn Monday if Twins will swoop for Kimbrel, Keuchel

A bidding war could be taking place for their services.

Report: Twins a possible landing spot for Kimbrel

The All-Star closer is still looking for work.

Why the Twins need to make a move for Craig Kimbrel

With injuries in the bullpen, Kimbrel to the Twins makes a ton of sense.

Marwin Gonzalez

Report: Twins sign free agent Marwin Gonzalez

Gonzalez can play all over the diamond and is a switch hitter.

Twins reportedly sign Jonathan Schoop, ink Ronald Torreyes

Schoop was an All-Star with the Orioles in 2017.

Josh Donaldson

Report: Twins may be out of Josh Donaldson sweepstakes

The Twins reportedly offered a deal in excess of $20 million per season.