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Braves’ Craig Kimbrel pretends to consider switching teams after seeing Taco Bell sign seeking ‘closers’

David Brown
Big League Stew

With the Atlanta Braves announcing their plans to up and move from near downtown to a new stadium in the suburbs come the 2017 season, it's possible some of their players won't like it. Take closer Craig Kimbrel, who happens to be a free agent in 2017 and earned a salary well under $1 million this past season because he is not yet eligible for the arbitration escalator. A young man like that, not even 26 years old, has limited options to make big coin. So when one comes along, he's got to consider it.

Well, as the Taco Bell marquee indicates, one has come along. Have you seen what they're doing with the menu these days? The only bad part about being a closer at Taco Bell is the hours. They stay open later than most non-24-hour fast food joints do. Two, three, four, five o'clock in the morning in some places where grease is required to soothe hangovers or munchies. Braves games, like most in Major League Baseball, tend to end about 10 o'clock at night.

Regardless, at least one teammate seems legitimately worried:

And T-Bell sounds interested:

At least one closer from another teams showed an interest in other possible openings:

Sundays off, too, though the politics there rub many the wrong way.

Braves general manager Frank Wren was not reached for comment.

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