“I saw the picture, too, don’t worry,” Freeman said, laughing. “We’ll see. I love Craig, but I have heard nothing.”
MLB free agency is in a sensitive place. Regardless of where the blame goes, it isn’t ideal for the industry to have so many players, especially stars such as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Kimbrel, unemployed as camps open.
As such, fan bases across the country have grown more restless. The Braves certainly aren’t exempt, even after adding former MVP Josh Donaldson and beloved catcher Brian McCann. Any hint of activity, however small or meaningless, sparks intrigue; it lies somewhere between genuine curiosity and grasping at straws.
In Kimbrel’s case, it’s a stretch made worse because it is a logical connection (however unlikely). But wherever Kimbrel ends up, he still has fans in the Braves clubhouse.
“I love Craig,” Freeman said, echoing McCann’s words from the day before. “I talked to Craig two days ago, he’s in town. I know that. He asked me to golf – that means nothing. … He’s in here to play some golf.”
Perhaps that quiets this rumor – with another likely just around the corner.