Cubs trade All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to White Sox
|Friday, July 30, 2021, 2:28 PM- -|
A ton is happening a few hours before the trade deadline, including another crosstown deal.
Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel has been traded to the White Sox for second baseman Nick Madrigal and pitcher Code Heuer on Friday according to multiple reports.
Kimbrel has a team option for next season at $16 million, so he was obviously one of the most coveted trade targets in all of baseball.
For the season, Kimbrel was exceptional in 39 appearances with a sparkling 0.49 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, 64 strikeouts, and 23 saves. He held batters to a .106 average and .190 on-base percentage so far in 2021.
Best of luck to Kimbrel on the Southside of Chicago this season and possibly in 2022.
Madrigal hit .305 with two homers, 21 RBIs in 54 games before season-ending surgery in June.
Heuer had a 5.12 ERA in 40 appearances this season.
The White Sox paid a massive price for Craig Kimbrel: second baseman Nick Madrigal and reliever Codi Heuer, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2021
When I said at the top of the show that Cubs had the chance to remake themselves for the next five years in the next two hours, this is what I meant.
Your newest Chicago Cub: Nick Madrigal. pic.twitter.com/pXAnHzCgAt— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) July 30, 2021