Kimbrel's asking price has not come down, and the closer will consider sitting out the season if no team comes close to matching his demands, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.
Kimbrel declined the Red Sox's qualifying offer in November and had good reason to think he'd sign a big deal as the top reliever on the market, but the offseason hasn't gone according to his plans. The fact that he's unsigned as spring games begin already hurts his chances to be available on Opening Day, but if he's really willing to sit out for most or all of the season it would certainly be a large hit to his fantasy value. Of course, the report could easily be nothing more than an attempt to regain some leverage in a tough market, so he could still sign somewhere soon. 2:36 pm (EST)
- Kimbrel declined the Red Sox's one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer and became a free agent Monday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
- Kimbrel will receive the $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Red Sox on Friday, Jon Heyman of Fancred reports.
- Kimbrel picked up a save as the Red Sox clinched the American League pennant with a scoreless inning in Game 5 on Thursday against the Astros, permitting just one walk and no hits and striking out two. All Craig Kimbrel (R) News
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|Oct 26||L 3 - 2||@ LA||0||0||0||1.1||1||0||0||1||0|
|Oct 24||W 4 - 2||LA||0||0||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Oct 23||W 8 - 4||LA||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Oct 18||W 4 - 1||@ HOU||0||0||1||1.0||0||0||0||1||2|
|Oct 17||W 8 - 6||@ HOU||0||0||1||2.0||2||0||1||3||1|
|Oct 14||W 7 - 5||HOU||0||0||1||1.0||2||0||1||0||1|
|Oct 09||W 4 - 3||@ NYY||0||0||1||1.0||1||0||2||2||1|
|Oct 05||W 5 - 4||NYY||0||0||1||1.1||1||1||1||0||3|
|Sep 30||W 10 - 2||NYY||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||0||3|