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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Can the Red Sox Survive Without Craig Kimbrel? They Seem to Think So

LAS VEGAS — The winter meetings press conference to mark Nate Eovaldi’s return to Boston may be the last major news the Red Sox make this winter. Coming off a 108-win season and a World Series title, the defending champions seem poised to have a mellow offseason. So far, Dave Dombrowski’s front office has brought back Eovaldi and World Series MVP Steve Pearce, but beyond that, it’s been all quiet on the AL East front.

One notable casualty of that approach: Craig Kimbrel. The All-Star closer looks like he’s fallen out of Boston’s plans, if Dombrowski’s comments during Monday’s press conference carry any weight. “We’ll see about the financial aspect of it,” he told reporters when asked about reuniting with Kimbrel. “Our payroll is significant at this point. So we’ll see what takes place.”

Translation: The 2019 season will probably feature a new closer for the Red Sox for the first time since ’16, Kimbrel’s first in Boston. Whether that end-of-game reliever ends up being an internal option—Dombrowski mentioned setup men Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes as possibilities to close, and that the Sox may go into spring training without a set decision there—or a cheaper, shorter-term signing than Kimbrel, who is reportedly seeking a six-year deal, remains to be seen.

The vast majority of relievers are essentially expendable? Who knew, except all of us?

QLE Posted: December 11, 2018 at 04:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, red sox, relievers

Sunday, October 28, 2018

MLB awards: Brewers’ Josh Hader, Mariners’ Edwin Diaz win Reliever of the Year Awards

Any thoughts as to the merits of these awards?

QLE Posted: October 28, 2018 at 07:24 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin diaz, josh hader, relievers

 

 

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