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Chicago White Sox picking up Craig Kimbrel’s $16M option

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Sep 26, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA;  Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel  (46) looks for a sign in the eigth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Josefczyk-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) looks for a sign in the eigth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Josefczyk-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox are picking up the $16 million 2022 team option for veteran reliever Craig Kimbrel, multiple outlets reported Saturday.

The 33-year-old right-hander split the 2021 season between the White Sox and Chicago Cubs, finishing 4-5 with a 2.26 ERA and 24 saves in 63 appearances. He struck out 100 batters in 59 2/3 innings and was an All-Star for the eighth time since 2011.

The White Sox acquired Kimbrel from the Cubs at the July 30 trade deadline in exchange for right-hander Codi Heuer and second baseman Nick Madrigal.

Kimbrel owns a 35-29 career record with a 2.18 ERA and 372 saves in 646 appearances with the Atlanta Braves (2010-14), San Diego Padres (2015), Boston Red Sox (2016-18), Cubs (2019-21) and White Sox. He had a career-best 50 saves in 2013.

Kimbrel was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2011, his first of four straight seasons leading the NL in saves, and won a World Series with Boston in 2018.

–Field Level Media