1. Craig Kimbrel
Craig Kimbrel has been really bad for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season and it’s safe to say that every Dodger fan wants to see someone else pitch the ninth inning. Even when Kimbrel doesn’t allow a run, it’s been a tightrope act for him more times than not. That will only get worse in October when the stakes are higher.
Considering Kimbrel has literally been the second-worst member of the bullpen (only ahead of Bickford), him missing the playoff roster altogether should not be completely ruled out. It would be one thing if the team didn’t have other options for the bullpen, but they do with players returning.
Let’s just assume Brusdar Graterol takes Bickford’s spot on the roster then Clayton Kershaw takes Ryan Pepiot’s spot on the roster. With Blake Treinen potentially returning, whose spot is he going to take?
David Price would have been the answer four months ago, but he’s pitched far too well to keep him off the playoff roster, even if the team moves a starter or two to the bullpen. Heck, even Yency Almonte has a case to make the postseason roster over Kimbrel.
It’s going to take a lot of ego swallowing for the Dodgers to make this decision after they traded AJ Pollock for Kimbrel and agreed to pay all of his $16 million salary … but at the end of the day, if the team is healthy and the front office is trying to build the best possible roster, Kimbrel cannot be on it if his poor play continues.