Craig Kimbrel Reportedly Wanted The Opportunity To Close With The Dodgers

Today, the Chicago Cubs and Craig Kimbrel agreed to a 3-year deal worth $45 million. But the Dodgers were in the mix for him.

According to Jorge Castillo, The Dodgers and Craig Kimbrel talked and wanted to see if a deal could get done, but Craig Kimbrel wanted to closer and the Dodgers didn’t offer that opportunity due to Kenley Jansen holding that position. Jansen was asked earlier this year if he would welcome the opportunity if the Dodgers signed Kimbrel and said he would be fine with it as long as he wasn't the closer.

Kimbrel, 31, has a 1.91 ERA and 333 saves in his career. He had 42 saves in 2018 with the Red Sox and six more in the postseason as Boston won the World Series.

A seven-time All-Star, Kimbrel spent the past three years with the Red Sox. He was drafted by the Braves and played his first five seasons in Atlanta before being dealt to the Padres for the 2015 season. San Diego traded him to Boston in November 2015.

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