Craig Kimbrel is still unsigned on the MLB's free agent market with spring training well underway for all 30 teams, but there are a few potential landing spots for the 30-year-old relief pitcher ahead of the 2019 season.
But the Nats, according to major-league sources, maintain interest in signing free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel, a move that would cap off their efforts to construct a powerhouse bullpen and further escalate the competition in the NL East.
The Braves also are exploring Kimbrel, who is entering his age 31 season, but reportedly only on a shorter deal.
Atlanta's bullpen ranked 10th in the National League in ERA, eighth in strikeouts, seventh in batting average against and allowed the second-most walks last year. Kimbrel would give them a veteran presence at the back end of the bullpen with valuable playoff experience.
Washington's bullpen was fairly average statistically in 2018, too, and certainly could use someone like Kimbrel to close games in what should be a very competitive NL East this season.
Kimbrel tallied 42 saves with a 2.74 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and 96 strikeouts over 62 1/3 innings for the World Series champion Red Sox last season.
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