In exchange for outfielder AJ Pollock, the Los Angeles Dodgers purchased eight-time All Star reliever Craig Kimbrel of Chicago White Sox.
Kimbrel was 4-5 and had 24 saves over a total of 63 games last season with the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, and Chicago White Sox. In exchange for Codi Henneur and Nick Madrigal the Cubs sent Kimbrel across town midseason. Kimbrel was 2-2 in 24 games with the White Sox, with one save.
Kimbrel rediscovered the form that made him one of the game’s best closers and was named to his eighth All-Star team last season.
In 2011, the 33-year old right-hander was named NL Rookie Of The Year. He was the league’s leader in saves, from 2011 through 2014. Kimbrel, who has 372 saves in his 13th season, ranks ninth in all of the majors.
Kimbrel fills the Dodgers need for a late-inning shutdown option, especially after Kenley Jansen, a 10-year closer, left the team. He signed a one year deal with the Atlanta Braves, the defending World Series champions.
In three seasons with the Dodgers, Pollock hit.282 and had 65 home runs. He also had 199 RBIs. The 34-year old outfielder was at his best last year when he batted. .297 with 21 homers, 69 RBIs and 117 games.
The White Sox reached an agreement with Lucas Giolito, right-hander, for a $7.45million, one-year contract to avoid arbitration.
Last season, he was 11-9 with a 3.53 ERA (201 strikeouts) in 31 starts. This is his fifth season in Chicago.