A reunion with Craig Kimbrel seems like it is becoming a possibility
In case you missed it, another free agent target is off the board for the Red Sox. David Robertson agreed to a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday. This move doesn’t just have an effect on the Red Sox, but Craig Kimbrel too.
The Phillies were among teams interested in Kimbrel this off-season, but with the team signing Robertson, it likely removes them from the Kimbrel sweepstakes.
The Red Sox are running out of options to fill their bullpen. Some sought-after relievers that Boston could have signed this off-season including Joe Kelly, David Robertson and Andrew Miller are all off the board. The last two names that Boston have been linked to so far this winter are Adam Ottavino and Craig Kimbrel.
If you would have asked Red Sox reporters, fans or other individuals around the league at the end of November what the chances were that Kimbrel returned to the Red Sox, the answer from a lot of those people would have been very low. I even wrote this piece back in early December highlighting why a reunion with Kimbrel was unlikely.
According to a report from NBC Sports Boston’s Evan Drellich, Kimbrel’s market is very low and Kimbrel heading back to the Red Sox is becoming more of a possibility. Drellich quoted an AL executive discussing Kimbrel’s market.
“Crazy low. The support that you have [in organizations] to pay people is getting worse. Feels like a war coming if the sight lines don’t change for the better.”NBC Sports Boston, Evan Drellich
It’s no question that MLB free agency is in a bad state and needs fixed. If Kimbrel does return to the Red Sox, it will be another reminder that shows that, cites Drellich.
Much like J.D. Martinez‘s free agency last winter, I expect Kimbrel’s signing to stretch into early February. It looks like the two teams that have the best chances to land Kimbrel are the Atlanta Braves and the Red Sox.
At this point, I would say that Kimbrel is going to come back to the Red Sox on a three-year deal. It’s obvious that Kimbrel won’t get the contract that he wanted at the beginning of the off-season. But, I am interested to see how low Kimbrel and his agent can go.
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