After months of waiting to join a team — he says the wait was harder on his friends and family — elite closer Craig Kimbrel arrived at Wrigley Field on Friday declaring himself ready for action.
Kimbrel, 31, signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Cubs after becoming a free agent way back in October.
"Am I surprised?" Kimbrel asked rhetorically about the process taking so long. "No. Am I disappointed where I am right now? No, not at all. I'm glad I've made it through this process, which was tough, and hopefully we can get this worked out between players and owners moving forward. That's a different conversation."
Kimbrel didn't dig deep into what kept him out of uniform, but it doesn't take a collective bargaining agreement expert to figure it out. Per league rules, a team that would sign him on or after June 3 wouldn't have to give up a draft pick to do so. The Cubs pounced.