Jun 4, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Reds won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Closers: Aroldis Chapman (Reds), Craig Kimbrel (Padres)
With their top starting pitcher targets off the table, will the Giants turn their attention to strengthening the ’pen?
As of now, two elite closers are still being dangled in Chapman and Kimbrel. According to Buster Olney, the Reds are looking at offers for the Cuban flamethrower, but aren’t set on moving him given his team-friendly contract.
Kimbrel’s salary—$40 million from now through 2018—makes him a much less attractive option even though the Giants have plenty of payroll to work with in the coming years. Kimbrel hasn’t been as dominant this year, either, while Chapman (21 SV, 1.65 ERA, 77 K in 43.2 IP) has never looked better.
If the Giants are serious about bringing in the All-Star stopper, they’re going to have to outbid the Blue Jays (the most active buyers thus far) and the Diamondbacks, amongst others.
Next: On to SP options