Dodgers acquire All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel from White Sox

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(670 The Score) The White Sox’s short-lived experiment with Craig Kimbrel in their bullpen is over, and they have help for right field headed to Chicago.

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The White Sox have agreed to trade Kimbrel to the Dodgers for outfielder AJ Pollock, according to multiple reports Friday. The White Sox had been shopping Kimbrel on the trade market this offseason after he struggled mightily in a setup role after being acquired from the Cubs last July.

Kimbrel, 33, was dominant for the Cubs in the closer’s role in the first four months of the 2021 season, posting a 0.49 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in 39 appearances. He stumbled after being acquired by the White Sox, recording a 5.09 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 24 appearances, primarily in a setup role.

Pollock, 34, has had some durability issues in his career but has been a really productive player when healthy. He hit .297 with 21 homers, 69 RBIs and an .892 OPS in 117 games for the Dodgers last season. He fared well against both right-handers and left-handers too. Pollock had a .902 OPS against righties and an .872 OPS against lefties.

Pollock is a .281 hitter with an .819 OPS in his 10-year MLB career. He’s owed $13 million in 2022, then holds a $10-million player option with a $5-million buyout for the 2023 season.

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