7 potential trade destinations and returns for Craig Kimbrel
Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays could really use a great closer for their bullpen in 2022.
The Blue Jays have a young talented roster primed to take the next step. Vladimir Guerrero Jr has established himself as a star. Bo Bichette has emerged as an All-Star caliber player. Meanwhile, Teoscar Hernandez and George Springer round out a slugging outfield that has made the Blue Jays fun to watch.
Despite losing Robbie Ray and Marcus Stroman in free agency, their starting rotation still features Jose Berrios and their newest edition Kevin Gausman.
The bullpen was their biggest issue last season. Jordan Romano was their main staple in the backend of the bullpen. Tim Mayza and Adam Cimber also pitched well but they are more supplemental pieces. The Blue Jays need to add another big-time reliever.
Their bullpen ranked 25th in the MLB with a 1.6 fWAR. By adding Kimbrel, the Blue Jays would be getting a guy with postseason experience that could help push them over the top.
However, the Blue Jays just lost Marcus Semien so it is unlikely they would trade an infielder. But considering their outfield is already loaded with talent, the White Sox could get a guy like Otto Lopez. Lopez can play multiple positions including outfield and second base.