By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
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 Boston #Redsox, who had the highest payroll last season, are looking to clear some payroll space, rival executives say, who openly wonder if Rick Porcello is available in right deal.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 11, 2018
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.
While #RedSox have indicated they are all but out on Kimbrel, a reunion with Joe Kelly remains a possibility, sources say. Players on team lobbying for his return. No deal close, however.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2018
Kimbrel is rumored to be seeking a six-year contract.