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White Sox acquire closer Craig Kimbrel from crosstown Cubs

Field Level Media
31 Jul 2021, 05:05 GMT+10

The Chicago White Sox acquired All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel from the Cubs on Friday.

The Cubs received second baseman Nick Madrigal and right-hander Codi Heuer in exchange.

The deal came one day after the White Sox acquired right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera from the Cubs in exchange for left-hander Bailey Horn.

The White Sox have their own All-Star closer in Liam Hendriks, however the addition of Kimbrel certainly bolsters a stacked bullpen.

Kimbrel, 33, owns a 2-3 record with 23 saves and a 0.49 ERA in 39 appearances this season. The eight-time All-Star is 33-27 with 371 saves and a 2.07 ERA in 622 career relief appearances with the Atlanta Braves (2010-14), San Diego Padres (2015), Boston Red Sox (2016-18) and Cubs.

Madrigal, 24, is batting .305 with two homers and 21 RBIs in 54 games this season. He hasn't played since June 9 and is currently on the 60-day injured list with a torn right hamstring.

He is batting .317 with two homers and 32 RBIs in 83 career games with the White Sox.

Heuer, 25, is 4-1 with a 5.12 ERA in 40 relief appearances in 2021. He is 7-1 with a 3.75 ERA in 61 career appearances with the White Sox.

--Field Level Media

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