The offseason came and went with many whispers but very few(if any) contract offers for free agent reliever Craig Kimbrel. With a draft pick loss tied to him and the contract demand climbing, it created the worst case scenario for the long-time closer. Just part of the reason the Dodgers did not consider buying on him in the first place.
And now, already a few months into the season, Craig Kimbrel will no longer require a draft pick loss to sign him. The deadline has passed, and if the Dodgers feel so inclined, they very well could add him into the mix.
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) June 3, 2019
And why not at this point? The Dodgers’ bullpen has been a constant struggle with very few signs of improving on its own. Joe Kelly has not quite earned his worth, Tony Cingrani was just lost for the season, Julio Urias is seemingly still in limbo, and that’s just the start of the bullpen issues.
Kimbrel is a perennial All-Star with backend talent. He has accumulated 333 saves since 2011 and pitched to a sparkling 1.91 earned run average in the process. He’s also been incredible at Dodger Stadium throughout his career, posting a 1.29 ERA across 7 innings and striking out 17!
With all of that in mind, it’s not that crazy to imagine the Dodgers going all-in on Kimbrel. Los Angeles is off to one of their best starts in history, and Kimbrel can only make them better.