Craig Kimbrel's four-year deal includes a 2018 option. With Freeman and Teheran extensions, been a costly -- and excellent -- offseason.
CBSSports.com "The Atlanta Braves are heading to salary arbitration with their three most high-profile arb-eligible players: All-Stars Craig Kimbrel, Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward. The deadline to exchange figures for salary arbitration was earlier Friday, and though clubs and their respective..." January 19
Fansided "It seems like a premature question to even ask but after three superb seasons with Atlanta it’s time to ask – is Craig Kimbrel the next Mariano Rivera? Rivera rode off into the sunset after one final emotional appearance at Yankee Stadium late last month as he was taken off the mound by..." October 18
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Off the disabled list and back in the middle of the Braves’ lineup, Brian McCann says he’s thinking only about helping the team win now, not looming free agency or his uncertain future in Atlanta beyond 2013. In Thursday’s series opener at San Francisco, he did that. The veteran catcher had a..." May 10
Cincinnati Enquirer "With the Reds down to their last strike, Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo hit back-to-back home runs off of Braves closer Craig Kimbrel to give the Reds a 5-4 victory over the Braves at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday. Kimbrel had a full count on Mesoraco when the pinch-hitter hit a shot to..." May 08
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The secret to being a good closer lies in the ability to shake off the inevitable ugly outing and move on unbowed to the next challenge. Early in the process of making himself into the Braves most consistent, reliable asset — it was the night of Sept. 9, 2011, to be precise — Craig Kimbrel..." March 30