By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski has all but closed the door on re-signing closer Craig Kimbrel and adding any more relief pitchers before the season starts.
In a media briefing Monday in Fort Myers, Dombrowski indicated the Red Sox will not make any more bullpen moves at this point.
Dombrowski: “We’re probably through” with relief signings.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) February 25, 2019
Barring a trade, that means the Red Sox will likely enter the season with no clear cut choice as a closer. Matt Barnes or Ryan Brasier appear to be the favorites to handle the role at this point.
Dombrowski's comments are the latest indication that Kimbrel's market is dwindling. MLB insider Jim Bowden reported this weekend that Kimbrel could consider sitting out 2019 if no team meets his asking price, but Kimbrel's agent denied that report.
Craig Kimbrel’s agent, David Meter, on the report that Kimbrel is considering sitting out the season: “The report is wholly inaccurate and Craig looks forward to signing a new contract in the near future. Any report pertaining to his not playing this season is utterly false.”
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 23, 2019
The Sox will also need to find somebody to replace Joe Kelly, who signed a 3-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers this offseason.