Craig Kimbrel trade: White Sox acquire Cubs closer in crosstown deal

The White Sox are finalizing a deal to acquire closer Craig Kimbrel from the Cubs, the teams announced Friday.

The White Sox are sending second baseman Nick Madrigal and pitcher Codi Heuer to the Cubs as a part of the crosstown deal Kimbrel.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the White Sox have the “choice to retain Kimbrel subsequent season for $16M.”

Kimbrel at the moment has probably the most saves of any lively reliever with 371 for his profession. This season, he has a 0.49 ERA and 23 saves. In becoming a member of the White Sox, he boosts a bullpen that already options Liam Hendriks, who made the All-Star crew this season and leads MLB in saves, with 25. Hendriks, the crew’s present closer, additionally has a 2.58 ERA in his first yr with the franchise. 

Forward of Friday’s commerce deadline, the White Sox lead the AL Central with a 60—43 report, however they’ve the fourth greatest report in the league behind the Pink Sox, Astros and Rays. 

The Cubs are at the moment 50—54 on the season and 11 1/2 video games again in the NL Central. 

The Cubs have already traded first baseman Anthony Rizzo to the Yankees forward of Friday’s deadline and still have a deal in place to ship Javier Baez to the Mets, according to’s Mark Feinsand.

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