Spring Training games have started, and Kimbrel is still looking for a team — and a big payday. But what if he doesn't get it, and he also doesn't budge on the type of deal he wants?
One extreme possibility: sitting out the season. MLB Network Radio analyst and former general manager Jim Bowden reported Saturday that sources close to Kimbrel think he'd consider sitting out 2019 without the right contract offer. Not only that, citing multiple GMs, Bowden reports that the star closer's asking price still hasn't come down.
But Kimbrel's agent, David Meter, was quick to shut down any ideas of Kimbrel sitting out the year.
In a statement to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, Meter said Saturday: "The report is wholly inaccurate and Craig looks forward to signing a new contract in the near future. Any report pertaining to his not playing this season is utterly false."