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Rays “keeping in touch” with free agent closer Craig Kimbrel

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With seven MLB All-Star appearances, two Reliever of the Year awards, and a World Series under his belt, it’s a shock that veteran closer Craig Kimbrel hasn’t found a home yet a month-and-a-half into the 2019 MLB season. But it appears a team’s interest is heating up.

According to reports, the first-place Tampa Bay Rays remain interested in signing Kimbrel, and the two sides have been “keeping in touch” as the season progresses.

The 30-year old has put up incredible numbers throughout his career. Through nine seasons and 542 regular season games split between the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox, Kimbrel has posted a combined 31-19 record, 1.91 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 333 saves and a 90.7 save percentage to go along with the rest of his accolades.

Adding Kimbrel to the fold would add extra firepower to an already potent Rays bullpen, which ranks third in the MLB with a 3.21 ERA through 39 games.

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MUST SEE: Randal Grichuk robs Mike Trout of extra bases with incredible diving catch!

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The Toronto Blue Jays may have lost, but at least they made it entertaining!

Case in point: this incredible catch by Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk to keep the game tied heading into the bottom of the ninth.

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Blue Jays sign GM Ross Atkins to five-year extension

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The Toronto Blue Jays have locked their general manager up long-term.

The team announced on Wednesday that they have inked Ross Atkins to a five-year contract extension.

“Simply put, Ross makes the Blue Jays better” said team president and CEO Mark Shapiro said in a statement.

“I’m extremely pleased that he will continue leading our baseball operations group during this exciting era…as we continue to move closer to building a sustainable contender for years to come.”

Atkins, 47, has been with the organization since December 2015. During his time, the Blue Jays have made the postseason twice, and have going through a successful rebuild.

“Coming to Toronto with my family has enriched our lives in countless ways and having the opportunity to remain a Blue Jay is something I do not take for granted” said Atkins.

“I cannot wait to continue our pursuit to bring World Series Championships back to Canada and celebrate with our fans when that day comes.”

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Extension talks between Anthony Rizzo and Chicago Cubs have stalled

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Anthony Rizzo’s future with the Chicago Cubs remains up in the air. And if you’re a fan of the team, you can’t be too confident about it after today.

According to reports, talks about a possible contract extension between the club and their All-Star first baseman have reached an impasse, meaning nothing will be done prior to opening day. This likely means Rizzo will play out the final season of his seven-year, $41 million contract extension and test unrestricted free agency this offseason.

The 31-year old, who has been with the Cubs since 2012 and won a World Series with them back in 2016, has posted a combined .274 batting average, .866 OPS, 228 homers and 744 RBI over a span of nine seasons and 1265 games with the franchise.

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