Craig Kimbrel Dodgers October 3, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) throws against the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel was the team’s closer for the majority of the season, but he now sees himself potentially on the outs with the organization.

Kimbrel saw himself lose his closer role last month which was apparently a sign of things to come.

The Dodgers released their NLDS roster for their upcoming matchup against the San Diego Padres, and Kimbrel was a shocking admission from the roster.

It was certainly an extremely surprising decision coming from the Dodgers, which led to some mixed reactions on social media about the decision.

Kimbrel showed some real signs of regression down the stretch for Los Angeles, which has many relieved that he will not take part in their upcoming series.

 

However, some fans think that the experience that Kimbrel has over the years in meaningful playoff games could be a huge asset to the Dodgers.

Kimbrel has done as much as a relief pitcher over his 13-year MLB career as anyone, making eight All-Star games over his career.

He has also pitched in 23 postseason games over his career, which is far and away the most of any reliever in the Dodgers bullpen at the moment.

Despite all this, he clearly fell out of favor quickly in Los Angeles and they ultimately chose production over experience in their bullpen.

This creates a ton of questions when it comes to his future in the MLB for the 34-year-old pitcher.

His contract with the Dodgers is set to end after this season, and it certainly looks like they won’t be interested in bringing him back.

It’s possible that he could come back for the NLCS if the Dodgers have an injury at pitcher, but things certainly look very bleak for Kimbrel at this point.

[Los Angeles Dodgers]

 

 

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.