Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

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.

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.

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.

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