Good move for the Red Sox new GM.
The Red Sox wasted no time striking to open the offseason, acquiring All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres for four minor-leaguers, including three of their top 12 prospects, according to Baseball America.
Heading to San Diego for the four-time All-Star are outfielder Manuel Margot, left-handed pitcher Logan Allen, shortstop Javier Guerra, and infielder Carlos Asuaje.
That’s a steep price to pay, but Kimbrel isn’t just any reliever. The 27-year-old is a former Rookie of the Year who has finished in the top 10 of the Cy Young voting four times. He was drafted in 2008 by the Braves, whose GM at the time, Frank Wren, now works as a Red Sox assistant.
Despite standing only 5-11, Kimbrel has posted some eye-popping numbers, with 225 career saves and an otherworldly 14.5 strikeouts per nine innings. He also owns a lifetime ERA of 1.63.
He took a small step back last year in San Diego after being acquired in April for Cameron Maybin and Matt Wisler, among others. Kimbrel went 4-2 with a 2.58 ERA and 39 saves. The ERA was a career-high and the saves a career-low.
Kimbrel has two years and $24 million remaining on his contract, with a $13 million option for 2018.