Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

It appears the Craig Kimbrel era in Boston will come to an end, and there’s some chatter that Rick Porcello may be on his way out of Boston too.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Red Sox could be looking to shed some payroll this offseason. Trading Porcello, who is set to make $21 million in the final year of his contract in 2019, would help the team meet that goal.

The Red Sox have seen their payroll balloon in recent years, thanks in big part to the financial resources dedicated to the starting pitching staff. Porcello, David Price, Nathan Eovaldi, and Chris Sale will cost the Red Sox $82 million alone in 2019.

Sale is also entering the final year of his contract next season and will likely command a big-money deal if the Red Sox plan to keep him around.

Meanwhile, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Tuesday afternoon that the Red Sox are unlikely to re-sign their All-Star closer as he explores his market at the Winter Meetings.

Kimbrel is rumored to be seeking a six-year contract.

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