Craig Kimbrel played a major part in the Boston Red Sox secure the 2018 World Series title, but as pitchers and catchers began to report to spring training, the All-Star is still unsigned as the free agent market slogs.
Kimbrel is a seven-time all-star and one of the best relievers in the game, so why is he currently unemployed? If you ask form teammate Chris Sale it boils down to teams not interested in winning.
"It's crazy to me," Sale told reporters Wednesday. “I don't want to get into politics or baseball and all this stuff, but it's as good as it gets. He 1
Red Sox president or baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has noted the club doesn't want to spend big on closer, electing instead of having a competition in camp between Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Tyler Thornburg and others. While Kimbrel was a big part of Boston's World Series run, Sale is confident the current guys in the Red Sox's bullpen can get the job done.
"Yeah, I mean, obviously, Craig is as good as it gets," Sale said. “He's the best in baseball right now over the last eight years, nine years, I think it’s been. At the same time, going forward, if not in the mix, I think we have a handful of guys who can lock down the ninth inning and we have a lot of young guys that can step up as well. I think, obviously people like to make a big deal about it, but where we sit as players and our staff and our coaches, I think we are confident with the group we have going forward without the additions.
If Kimbrel remains unsigned until March the Red Sox could re-engage, but for now, it appears the All-Star will be locking down profits at Fenway Park in 2019.
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