FT. MYERS – The chances of free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel returning to the Boston Red Sox were all but extinguished on Monday.
Red Sox chairman Tom Werner delivered the verdict when asked if the team might resign the 30-year-old Kimbrel.
“I think it’s extremely unlikely,” Werner told reporters.
Kimbrel saved 108 games and was an All-Star the past three seasons in Boston.
Overall, he is a seven-time All-Star but the free-agent market hasn’t been booming for his services. Early in the offseason, there were reports Kimbrel was seeking a deal worth more than $100 million.
As spring training approached, there was a speculation that a short-term deal with the Red Sox might be an option.
Meanwhile, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has expressed that the club doesn’t plan on paying big money for a closer. Werner’s comment on Monday follows the same line of thinking.
Kimbrel has 333 career saves in nine seasons with the Atlanta Braves (2010-14), San Diego Padres (2015) and Red Sox (2016-18).
–Field Level Media