A big, big deal in Boston: the Red Sox have traded four top prospects for Padres closer Craig Kimbrel.
The prospects: Manuel Margot, Javier Guerra, Logan Allen and Carlos Asuaje. Margot, a 20-year-old outfielder leads the list. He was ranked as the fourth best prospect in the Red Sox system. Guerra, a shortstop, was sixth. Allen, a lefty starter, was 13th. Asuaje has played second, third and the outfield.
That’s a nice haul for the Padres — nicer than the group of prospects they had to send Atlanta’s way for Kimbrel just a year ago — but the Sox just landed one of the top closers in all of baseball. The Red Sox will take on the remainder of his contract, which will pay him $11 million in 2016, $13 million in 2017 and includes a $13 million club option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout. But they will get a pitcher who has saved between 39 and 50 games over the past five seasons while striking out 563 batters in 348.1 innings in his six year career. Outside of Aroldis Chapman, there is no one more dominant in the ninth inning.
This may hurt Tigers fans who saw Dave Dombrowski fail to build a good bullpen over the past several seasons in Detroit, but in Boston he’s going for it right out of the gate.