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Dodgers Rumors: MLB Expert Predicts Craig Kimbrel to Los Angeles

Too soon to call?



The Dodgers are going to be active on the trade market over the next week. With the July 30th deadline looming, you can be sure that Andrew Friedman and his team in the front office will be making at least a few moves. 

What those moves are though is anyone’s guess. The Dodgers could trade for several starters, they could trade for a starter and a reliever, or they could throw everyone off and add a bat in there as well. There’s no telling what they’re capable of at this point. 

But at least one MLB expert thinks the Dodgers will go BIG. Mike Petriello recently predicted that the Cubs would be sellers by the deadline, as most expect. But Petriello listed Los Angeles as the most likely landing destination for closer Craig Kimbrel.  

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Kimbrel makes sense for the Dodgers right now since their bullpen issues have been highlighted as of late. But as a whole, their main relievers have held things together for most of the year. Adding in a guy that strikes out more than 15 batters per 9 innings is obviously an upgrade. And Kimbrel would make them significantly better.

The biggest question right now is cost. Kimbrel is in the final year of his contract the Cubs aren’t going to just give him away to the Dodgers. It would take a haul to get him out to Los Angeles, and it might be too much for Friedman to entertain. 

But the Cubs do have other pieces on their team they are looking to move, and maybe the Dodgers see a pairing should the return include another arm. Or perhaps…another big bat?

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. could have had him a few years ago as a free agent and not giving up a prospect,no cause we have gascanly jenson

  2. A rumor and nothing else. Dodgers probably won’t meet with what the Cubs would demand in return. In any event, Kimberly would not solve the other glaring problems on this team, mainly an offense that cannot score even with bases full and nobody out.

    • It is my opinion that LA would do much better if they went back to sound fundamentals instead of trying to hit the HR with every swing. This year, we have lived and died solely on the HR. Too many times our pitchers have had 2 strikes on a batter only to serve a volleyball on the next pitch, and they usually go into the outfield seats….when our guys try that, they only get air. There are exceptions, but we too often swing for the fences on a pitch in the dirt or way outside. Reminds me of the end of the Steve Garvey era…

  3. Go get him or any other elite closer….too many games lost in late innings. If you notice the history of KJ he has only being strong for the first half of the season and then starts losing it as he wears down. Maybe give him a blow, talk to him where he doesn’t have to carry the weight and give him a different role, he still can be an effective reliever in certain situations…. better than the other inexperienced guys who constantly missing targets and not understanding the pressures of a hold, but the problem is KJ can only come in @ the start of an inning not in the middle.
    For the rest of the team, it is what it is. We are currently watching imposters posing as Dodgers, w/ a spring training line-up of guys not ready for the big club. Non-athletic guys playing too slow ( not reading the play); mental mistakes ( throwing to the wrong base and not hitting the cuts); lack of baseball smarts ( Utley-ball ); young pitchers making too many mistake pitches in the zone. We don’t have the full real club playing together yet so I can’t complain too much.

    • 1-10 in extra inning games, if they won @ least half of them the Dodgers would have been in 1st place by a few games and not be even thinking about a wild card play-in game. Games could have been won in regulation w/ a shut down closer.

    • I’d like to see both Kimbrel and Bryant coming to the Dodgers, Krimbrel as a closer and Kris Bryant as a super utility man, The Dodgers may have to give up several key players, but without a lockdown closer and another key bat in the lineup, fiascos like the Friday night loss to the Rockies and giving up the lead in the ninth TWICE to the Giants will happen again. You could rotate Kimbrel and Jansen as your 8th and 9th inning men, and you still have Treinen and Kelly for the 6th and 7th. Plus, has anybody calculated what Sheldon Neuse, Luke Raley, Zach Reks have hit for this team when called up. My guess is less than .180. And when Lux is healthy, he’s almost a sure out lately. McKinstry isn’t that much better either. We definitely need a Kike Hernandez type guy in our lineup right now – badly.

      • I think it was a mistake to trade Hernandez and Pederson, but I don’t get to make those decisions….

    • Unless, of course, we have our full team back and all are healthy and performing well. We do, however, have a few players I think are a waste of salary….but I’m sure we all have our own list of those guys.

  4. the dodgers need a hitting coach pitchtng coacu amanger who knows how to use the bullpen and after freidman spent all the money on guy like bauer they need a new general manger to.

  5. I’m actually amazed they have the record they have with all of the pathetic stretches they’ve had this year it feels like we’re watching .500 team struggling to keep their head above water. I predict Kennedy will be the only move Friedman makes and we’ll stumble into the WC game and lose in embarrassing fashion

  6. I’d like to see both Kimbrel and Bryant coming to the Dodgers, Krimbrel as a closer and Kris Bryant as a super utility man, The Dodgers may have to give up several key players, but without a lockdown closer and another key bat in the lineup, fiascos like the Friday night loss to the Rockies and giving up the lead in the ninth TWICE to the Giants will happen again. You could rotate Kimbrel and Jansen as your 8th and 9th inning men, and you still have Treinen and Kelly for the 6th and 7th. Plus, has anybody calculated what Sheldon Neuse, Luke Raley, Zach Reks have hit for this team when called up. My guess is less than .180. And when Lux is healthy, he’s almost a sure out lately. McKinstry isn’t that much better either. We definitely need a Kike Hernandez type guy in our lineup right now – badly.

  7. I do not think that my Dodgers should trade for Scherzer , look what happen when they traded for Price . Kimbrel also is at the end of his career . Must be nice to have money to waste ! We should have a strength/ conditioning coach , there are far too many injuries and they still get paid !
    Dodgers fan since 1950

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  8. I do not think that my Dodgers should trade for Scherzer , look what happen when they traded for Price . Kimbrel also is at the end of his career . Must be nice to have money to waste ! We should have a strength/ conditioning coach , there are far too many injuries and they still get paid !
    This opinion page sucks ,when I make a comment your reply is that I have said this before. BS!,,,
    Dodgers fan since 1950

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  9. I’d trade Ruiz and Lux for Scherzer and Hand. There are too many vital pieces of our current core that will age out by the time Ruiz and Lux are good enough to matter. Instead of trying to be perennially playoff caliber, we should do what the Red Sox do. Win, rebuild, win, rebuild, win.

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