MLB GM believes Craig Kimbrel will end up on Phillies or Giants

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33-year-old Cubs closer is one of the big names to watch ahead of the July 30th MLB trade deadline and the Phillies are a very realistic possibility.

“I had a GM tell me the other day, ‘Watch Craig Kimbrel end up on the Phillies or Giants,'" USA Today's Bob Nightengale said on today's BetQL Daily show with 94WIP's Joe Giglio.

Here's what Giglio wrote about Kimbrel last week in his column detailing 14 trade candidates for the Phils:

The Phillies have blown 22 saves. Kimbrel is back to being one of baseball’s best closers, with a Hall of Fame-caliber 12 years under his belt in the majors. Comes with a team option for 2022. Not cheap ($16M per season), but it’s time for owner John Middleton to pay the tax. The first big deal Dombrowski made in Boston? Trading for Kimbrel.

Kimbrel has a 0.53 ERA this season with 21 saves in 35 games, with 58 strikeouts and 11 walks in 33.2 innings.