Dodgers: With Kenley Jansen Gone, Should LA Go After Craig Kimbrel?

Things are changing around the Dodgers organization. The players that we’ve all come to know and love over the years are moving on, most recently Kenley Jansen. The long-time closer signed a deal with the Atlanta Braves this week, ending his dominant run in Los Angeles. 

And while he will certainly be missed in the bullpen, the Dodgers have options. Blake Treinen will likely take down saves for Dave Roberts, a role that he has been in with past teams. His wipeout pitches will definitely play up in the 9th inning when called upon. 

But there are also options out there if the Dodgers feel so inclined. One of those could be Craig Kimbrel, who has long been on the team’s radar when is available. Kimbrel is in the final year of his contract with the White Sox, set to make $16 million. 

With the powerhouse bullpen that they already have, Chicago should probably consider moving him. But would there be a fit with the Dodgers? Kimbrel locked down 23 saves during the 2021 season before being traded to the White Sox. But rather than closing games there, he saw his role shift to a leverage reliever. 

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The Dodgers could do that with him as well, or keep Treinen in that late-inning role like last season. Kimbrel struck out over 15 batters per 9 innings pitched last season and tallied a 2.26 ERA. The biggest question is what it would take to get a deal done, and how far Los Angeles is willing to go. 

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  1. Sign Kimbrell. Letting Jansen go was a mistake. Our pitching staff has too many question marks. Price should start non-criminally-charged Bauer should have been starting after the restraining order was dropped and should start immediately.

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