Craig Kimbrel RP ATL 1 Month

Craig Kimbrel spoiled the Braves' no-hit bid on Tuesday, giving up a run in the seventh against the Phillies.

Kimbrel walked two and gave up and RBI single to Kevin Frandsen. It's the first run he's allowed in five innings this spring. Kimbrel was pretty shaky last spring and still not quite his normal self in April, but he's looked strong for the most part this month.

Craig Kimbrel RP ATL 2 Months

Braves and RHP Craig Kimbrel avoided arbitration by agreeing to a four-year contract extension.

The financials of the deal are not yet known, but it also includes a club option for 2018. Kimbrel was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason, so the Braves have bought out at least one and possibly two years of free agency. It's the third long-term extension Atlanta has worked out this winter, following the Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran deals. Kimbrel holds a microscopic 1.39 ERA with 381 strikeouts across 227 1/3 innings in his first four seasons in the majors.

Craig Kimbrel RP ATL 2 Months

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves are expected to announce a contract extension with Craig Kimbrel soon.

It's the winter of extensions for the Braves, as they've already locked up Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran to long-term deal. The specifics of Kimbrel's extension are not yet known. Kimbrel, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason, holds a microscopic 1.39 ERA with 381 strikeouts across 227 1/3 innings in his first four seasons in the majors.

Craig Kimbrel RP ATL 2 Months

Craig Kimbrel will go to an arbitration hearing with the Braves on February 15.

Kimbrel, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, requested $9 million and was offered $6.55 million from the Braves when arbitration figures were released last month. Which salary the arbitrators pick could go a long way toward deciding whether the Braves can afford to keep Kimbrel beyond 2014.

Craig Kimbrel RP ATL 3 Months

Craig Kimbrel requested $9 million and was offered $6.55 million from the Braves when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Kimbrel will be an interesting arbitration case to watch, as there aren't any good comps to measure against the most dominating closer in the game. MLB Trade Rumors estimates that he'll earn $7.25 million through the arbitration process, which would be much closer to the Braves figure than to Kimbrel's.

Craig Kimbrel RP ATL 5 Months

Craig Kimbrel won the National League's Delivery Man of the Year award.

Kimbrell posted a 1.21 ERA, .166 opponents' batting average and a 98/20 K/BB rate over 67 innings. He also led the NL with 50 saves out of 54 chances. He's the first Braves closer to win the award in its nine-year history.

Craig Kimbrel RP ATL 7 Months

Craig Kimbrel was successfully called upon to get four outs in Game 2 of the NLDS on Friday, preserving a one-run advantage and allowing the Braves to even up the series at 1-1.

The most dominant closer in the game certainly proved his worth in this one. He surrendered a one-out walk to A.J. Ellis in the ninth, but pinch-runner Dee Gordon was cut down attempting to steal second base on a very close. Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier then drew a two-out walk, but Carl Crawford was punched out to end the game. It's Kimbrel's first career postseason save in five appearances.

Craig Kimbrel RP ATL 7 Months

Craig Kimbrel took his fourth blown save and third loss after giving up three runs -- two earned -- in the ninth Tuesday against the Nationals.

So much for the sub-1.00 ERA. Kimbrel went more than two months without allowing a run before giving up a Chase Headley solo homer last time out on Saturday. This time, he allowed three runs for the first time in 225 appearances as a major leaguer. It was hardly all his fault -- the game ended on an Andrelton Simmons error -- but he did walk a pair of batters to set things up.

Craig Kimbrel RP ATL 7 Months

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out two, to earn his 46th save as the Braves beat the Marlins 4-3 on Tuesday.

The right-hander's dominance can't be overstated, as he's allowed just six runs all season and none since the All-Star break. Kimbrel's 46 saves lead the National League, the second time he's reached the plateau in his career. He owns a 0.91 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 87/17 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 innings.

Craig Kimbrel RP ATL 8 Months

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless 10th for his 40th save Wednesday against the Mets.

It's Kimbrel's third straight 40-save season. The only relievers with more 40-save seasons are Trevor Hoffman (9), Mariano Rivera (8), Dennis Eckersley (4), Jose Mesa (4), Robb Nen (4), Francisco Rodriguez (4) and John Wetteland (4). He hasn't been quite as dominant in the K/BB department as last year, but he has a chance to best his 1.01 ERA from 2012. He's at 1.05 right now.