The Los Angeles Dodgers saw a division opponent acquire one of the more dominant closers in recent years on Sunday when the San Diego Padres traded for Craig Kimbrel.
While the Dodgers have a closer that can be as dominant in Kenley Jansen, he is likely to miss at least the first month of the year after surgery on his foot. Instead of panicking and making a deal, the front office decided to go with what they already had and could use a closer-by-committee until Jansen returns. However, the Dodgers did try to make a move for the All-Star right-hander.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Dodgers tried to make a move for Kimbrel:
dodgers at some point had kimbrel talks, but it may have come awhile back. couldnt find a prospect match.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) April 6, 2015
The Dodgers held on to their prospects this winter and traded players that made an impact in 2014. Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon, Dan Haren and others were traded, while prospects Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Julio Urias remain with the organization.
It’s unknown what the Braves were asking for in exchange for Kimbrel, but whatever it was, the Dodgers weren’t willing to make the move. The Padres traded two of their extra outfielders and two prospects for Kimbrel. Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi opted to stick with their young relievers on the roster in addition to bringing in relievers with low risk.
With the season starting tomorrow, the Dodgers have set their roster and will start the year with a bullpen of J.P. Howell, Joel Peralta, Paco Rodriguez, Yimi Garcia, Pedro Baez, Juan Nicasio and Chris Hatcher.
Dodgers 2015 Spring Training – Paco Rodriguez