The Craig Kimbrel to the Los Angeles Dodgers saga has ended. Albeit, not how many Dodgers fans would have liked to seen it end.
Furthermore, Kimbrel has signed a multi-year agreement with the Chicago Cubs. This was reported by Ken Rosenthal on Wednesday evening.
However – the more interesting part of the report came out a little afterwards. And this part should interest Dodgers fans a little bit. Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Dodgers were in talks with Kimbrel, among several other teams.
The Dodgers and Mets had also had talks with Craig Kimbrel, among other teams.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 6, 2019
Now, one can speculate on why the Dodgers didn’t get deeper with such a pressing need. Without question, Kimbrel would have been an addition that could help propel the Dodgers to their first World Series title since 1988.
Earlier this season, Kenley Jansen was asked about how he would feel if Kimbrel was to join the Dodgers. It seemed as though Jansen had some sidweways remarks about it and was less than thrilled.
Instead, Kimbrel joins a team in the Chicago Cubs who will employ him in the closer role. Indeed, this is a team that the Dodgers will likely need to navigate through at some point in the playoffs to get back to the Fall Classic.
Your Opinion On The Kimbrel Signing
So, how do you feel about the Cubs winning out on Kimbrel? While many of you might not be surprised – what do you feel the reasoning was for the Dodgers passing on the right-hander? Lastly, what should the Dodgers do now to bolster the bullpen? Who would your targets be that are remaining around the league?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.