A huge hole was left in the Los Angeles bullpen after the World Series champion Braves landed the former Dodgers closer to Kenley Jansen last week. On Friday, the Dodgers made a big move to fill it, trading outfielder AJ Pollock to the White Sox for Craig Kimbrel, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.
Kimbrel opened last season with the Cubs, where he made 23 saves in 39 games. He recorded 64 strikeouts with a .71 WHIP and .49 ERA and was named an All-Star before being sent to the South Side in late July.
However, the 33-year-old right-hander struggled once with the White Sox. In 24 games, Kimbrel posted a 5.09 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP. He also went 2-2 with a save.
The postseason didn’t fare much better. In the American League Divisional Series against the Astros, Kimbrel made three appearances and gave up three runs from three hits, including two on a home run that blew up Game 2. The Astros won the series 3-1.
Pollock, meanwhile, is entering his 10th season with the majors, the last three of which have been spent with the Dodgers. In 117 games last season, Pollock, who played at center and left field, hit .281 with 21 home runs and 69 RBIs.
His acquisition should help the White Sox fill their void in right field after Adam Engel and Leury Garcia shared duties there last season.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/01/dodgers-trade-a-j-pollock-to-white-sox-for-craig-kimbrel/ Dodgers trade AJ Pollock to White Sox for Craig Kimbrel