After the World Series champion Braves beefed up its bullpen by signing former Dodgers nearer and free agent Kenley Jansen final week, Los Angeles was left with a serious void in its bullpen. Friday, the Dodgers took an enormous step to fill it, buying and selling outfielder A.J. Pollock to the White Sox for reliever Craig Kimbrel, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.
The transfer addresses uncertainties with each golf equipment.
The hard-throwing Kimbrel opened final season with the Cubs, the place he notched 23 saves in 39 appearances. He recorded 64 strikeouts with a 0.71 WHIP and 0.49 ERA and was named an All-Star, earlier than being despatched to the South Side on the finish of July as a part of the Cubs’ hearth sale.
On the White Sox, Kimbrel was anticipated to be a big addition to a championship contending group and one half of a formidable 1-2 punch within the eighth and ninth inning, together with Liam Hendriks. It didn’t work out that manner. The 33-year-old righty struggled mightily along with his management and in 24 video games posted a 5.09 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP. He additionally went 2-2 with one save.
Things weren’t any higher within the postseason. In the American League Divisional Series towards the Astros, Kimbrel made three appearances, giving up three runs on three hits, together with two on a house run that blew open Game 2. The Astros went on to win the sequence 3-1. He completed the sequence with a 9.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, one stroll and no strikeouts in two innings pitched.
In Kimbrel’s first outing for the White Sox this spring, he gave up 5 runs, 4 of them earned, in simply two-thirds of an inning.
Still, the transfer provides the Dodgers depth in its bullpen, the place Blake Treinen was prone to be the nearer. Now supervisor Dave Roberts could have extra choices within the late innings.
Pollock, in the meantime, goes into his tenth season within the majors, the final three of which have been spent with the Dodgers, who had outfielders to spare. In 117 video games final season, Pollock, who performed heart and left discipline, hit .281 with 21 house runs and 69 RBIs.
His acquisition ought to assist the White Sox fill its void in proper discipline. The place was just about a toss up between Adam Engel and Leury Garcia. In adding Pollock’s bat additionally they get a participant who had an OPS of .892 and had a 3.0 fWAR in 422 plate appearances in a largely platoon function final 12 months. Now he ought to slot in alongside Eloy Jimenez in left and Luis Robert in heart.