By Travis Thayer
The Boston Red Sox have acquired closer Craig Kimbrel from the San Diego Padres in a five player deal.
The Padres sent Kimbrel to Boston for four minor-league prospects including two who are on the Top 100 prospect list. San Diego will receive outfielder Manuel Margot, shortstop Javy Guerra, infielder Carlos Asuaje and left-handed pitcher Logan Allen.
In return, the Red Sox will get three years control of Kimbrel who is largely considered one of the top closers in the game.
Last April, the Padres acquired Kimbrel and Melvin Upton Jr. from the Braves for veteran outfielders – Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin – and two top prospects – right-handed pitcher Matt Wisler and outfielder Jordan Paroubeck.
After a less than stellar 2015 campaign, the Padres may be looking to replenish their farm system. The Padres went 74-88 this season, finishing fourth in the National League West.
The Red Sox are expected to be a major player on the free agent market.