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Dodgers acquire eight-time All-Star Craig Kimbrel

LOS ANGELES –The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired eight-time All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for outfielder AJ Pollock.

Kimbrel, 33, went a combined 4-5 with 24 saves in 63 games with the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox last season. He was acquired in a midseason trade from the Cubs in exchange for Codi Heaur and Nick Madrigal and finished the season with the White Sox, where he went 2-2 with one save in 24 games. The 2011 National League Rookie of the Year has posted five 40+ save seasons while leading the league in saves from 2011-2014. In 2013 with the Atlanta Braves, he went 4-3 with a career-high 50 saves, while finishing fourth in the Cy Young and earning his third straight All-Star nomination.

The Hunstville, Alabama native is entering his 13th season in the Majors and is a combined 35-29 with 372 saves with a career 2.18 ERA in 646 games. He currently ranks ninth all-time in Major League Baseball in saves and is the active leader for stops. He was originally drafted by the Braves in the 3rd round of the 2008 First Year Player Draft out of Wallace State Community College.

Pollock, 34, played three seasons with the Dodgers, hitting .282 with 65 homers and 199 RBI in 258 games with Los Angeles. The 2015 All-Star posted his best season with the Dodgers last season, hitting .297 (14-for-422) with 21 homers and 69 RBI in 117 games. The 10-year veteran has amassed 126 homers and 414 RBI in his Major League career, while slashing .281/.338/.482 in 895 career games. He was originally drafted by the Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2009 First Year Player Draft from the University of Notre Dame.

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