Boston Red Sox Acquire Craig Kimbrel from Padres
The 2015 trade frenzy continues as the Boston Red Sox acquire Craig Kimbrel from the San Diego Padres for four minor leaguers (Infielders Carlos Asuaje and Javy Guerra, outfielder Manuel Margot, and left-handed pitcher Logan Allen). This was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
The Red Sox have one need this offseason, pitching, and lots of it. Craig Kimbrel gives them a solid building block at the back end of their rotation. Kimbrel had a 2.58 ERA and 39 saves in 2015 for the San Diego Padres. Kimbrel has also been a strikeout machine since entering the league, averaging a career 14.5 strikeouts per nine innings.
The San Diego Padres are clearly reworking what they put together last offseason. This is unlikely the only move. Given that they are also likely to lose Justin Upton in free agency, they might consider a full rebuild. There are, however, plenty of free agent pitchers and outfielders available to consider filling holes if they are confident in their core.
This phrase may be overused, but this seems like a win-win for both teams given their suspected goals.