Chicago Cubs: 3 destinations for Craig Kimbrel

Jul 7, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) and catcher Willson Contreras (40) celebrate their win against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 7, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) and catcher Willson Contreras (40) celebrate their win against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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San Francisco Giants

Usually, when teams take a tandem approach to the closer position, it means that they do not have a viable option. That has not been the case with the San Francisco Giants.

Thus far, the Giants have utilized the pair of Jake McGee and Tyler Rogers in a co-closer role. Rogers is best served as a setup man, given his groundball ways and less than imposing velocity. McGee does have closing experience, but has never notched 20 saves in a season.

As well that that duo have fared, the bullpen has not exactly been the most trustworthy. Giants relievers have blown 16 saves this season, and adding the Chicago Cubs closer would certainly help on that end. McGee and Rogers could return to setup roles, lengthening a bullpen that has performed well overall, but is lacking that truly dominant arm.

Kimbrel could also help beyond this year. With a team option for 2022, he could provide stability for a pitching staff that may see a great deal of turnover. Four of the Giants starters are free agents after this season, and having the trio of Kimbrel, McGee, and Rogers in place to begin the offseason would make their job a lot easier.

The San Francisco Giants have been one of the biggest surprises in the majors this season. Landing Craig Kimbrel could help them remain atop the NL West.