The Atlanta Braves announced Sunday morning that they have agreed to terms with closer Craig Kimbrel on a four-year contract.
Kimbrel and the Braves avoid salary arbitration with the new deal. The contract runs through the 2017 season and includes an option for the 2018 campaign.
“We are very excited to agree to terms with Craig, who we feel is the best closer in Major League Baseball,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said in a release. “He is one of the key pieces of our pitching staff and we are happy to keep him in a Braves uniform for at least four more years.”
Kimbrel, 25, has 139 career saves with a 1.39 ERA in 231 games.