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Cubs agree to deal with closer Craig Kimbrel

1 year 7 months 2 weeks ago Friday, June 07 2019 Jun 7, 2019 June 07, 2019 9:31 AM June 07, 2019 in Sports - AP - National

By JAY COHEN
AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) - Free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel has agreed to a contract with the Chicago Cubs.

The team said Friday he has passed his physical. Contract terms were not disclosed.

The addition plugs a major hole for Chicago, which has been beset by blown saves. Brandon Morrow is going slowly after he had a setback in his recovery from offseason elbow surgery, and Pedro Strop just returned after being sidelined by another hamstring injury.

The 31-year-old Kimbrel has 333 career saves and a 1.91 ERA over nine seasons with Atlanta, San Diego and Boston. The hard-throwing right-hander also is averaging an exceptional 14.7 strikeouts per nine innings for his career.

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