Craig Kimbrel Has Been Traded to the Dodgers for Outfielder A.J. Pollock

Per multiple reports, it’s not too late for big trades: former Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel is going from the White Sox to the Dodgers for outfielder A.J. Pollock.

The White Sox finally do two things it seemed obvious that they had to do from the outset of the offseason: trade Craig Kimbrel and get a starting-caliber outfielder. Pollock, 34, can still hit quite a bit when he’s healthy, and will be a quality upgrade to a White Sox outfield that desperately needed it.

For the Dodgers, they get a sure-fire closer, which they were lacking after the departure of Kenley Jansen in free agency to the Braves. That doesn’t mean the Dodgers were without late-inning options – Blake Treinen is right there – but Kimbrel could and should get back into the role where he’s most comfortable (it was just never a fit with the White Sox after the midseason trade from the Cubs). And if he’s healthy and his normal self, man, what a boost for the already-loaded Dodgers, who could definitely afford to lose Pollock in the process.

This just seems like a no-brainer win for both sides. The rare one-for-one big leaguer swap, with no prospects, no money, no nothing. “Good old fashioned baseball trade,” as some folks might say.

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Brett Taylor is the Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and on LinkedIn here. Brett is also the founder of Bleacher Nation, which opened up shop in 2008 as an independent blog about the Chicago Cubs. Later growing to incorporate coverage of other Chicago sports, Bleacher Nation is now one of the largest regional sports blogs on the web.

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