BOSTON — New Red Sox boss Dave Dombrowski on Friday night made his first big move to rebuild the franchise after its third last-place finish in four years, acquiring four-time All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres for four prospects, two of them considered among baseball's best.
Kimbrel, who saved 39 games for the Padres this season, spent his first five with the Braves before they traded him to San Diego on the eve of the 2015 regular season. The Red Sox assumed $25 million left on Kimbrel's contract but have him under control for up to three more seasons.
"Moving to the American League, I'm excited," Kimbrel said. "It's a league that has the big bats. And being a pitcher, you want a challenge of facing the big bats."
Kimbrel, 27, posted a career-high 2.58 ERA last season.
The Padres received outfielder Manuel Margot, infielders Javier Guerra and Carlos Asuaje, and left-hander Logan Allen. Prospect analysts generally rank Margot among the top 25 prospects in baseball and Guerra not far behind.
HELLICKSON DEALT AGAIN: The Diamondbacks traded former Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to the Phillies for right-handed pitching prospect Sam McWilliams. Hellickson, 28, went 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA in 27 starts after being acquired from Tampa Bay last offseason.
PRICE HIKE: After reaching the National League Championship Series, the Cubs raised season ticket prices by an average of 10.4 percent.