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Craig Kimbrel ready for new season with White Sox

Craig Kimbrel ready for new season with White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Reliever Craig Kimbrel was asked Thursday whether he was surprised to still be with the White Sox as Spring Training ramps up toward an April 8 regular-season opener in Detroit.

And the veteran reliever answered the straightforward question with a straightforward answer.

“We had discussions toward the end of last year and it kind of looked like that’s where [a trade] might have been going. But here we are for multiple reasons,” said Kimbrel prior to Thursday’s split-squad Cactus League victories over the Cubs. “I’m here to get ready for the season and do whatever I need to do.

“If it’s close out a game, I’ll close out a game. If it’s coming and getting a starter out of a jam, I’ll do that as well. I’m here to win ballgames. This team is really good. It’d be nice to be a part of it and do my part to help this team win.”

Kimbrel was the best closer in the National League last season when the White Sox acquired him at the Trade Deadline for second…

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