BOSTON — After Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters on the very first day of the Winter Meetings that the club was not going to be more”overly competitive with large expenses for the closer at this time,” it was an indicator that the World Series winners had flipped the page on freeagent closer Craig Kimbrel.

But the Hot Stove season can be full of surprises, therefore nothing should be ruled from that front.

BOSTON — After Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters on the very first day of the Winter Meetings that the club was not going to be more”overly competitive with large expenses for the closer at this time,” it was an indicator that the World Series winners had flipped the page on freeagent closer Craig Kimbrel.

But the Hot Stove season can be full of surprises, therefore nothing should be ruled from that front.

Along those lines, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, mentioning an origin, tweeted that”it seems that the Red Sox are waiting to see what happens together with Craig Kimbrel before making any moves at the relief marketplace .”

Tweet from @Feinsand: Based on your source, it appears that the Red Sox are waiting to see what happens with Craig Kimbrel before making any movements at the relief marketplace.

Dombrowski said Thursday his stance has never changed since the Winter Meetings.

It might be that the Sox are awaiting whether Kimbrel’s price comes down into a level which Boston could be more willing to pay for. Kimbrel has been an all star every one of the last 3 seasons for Boston and believed one of the elite closers in the game.

The relief market could finally be starting to proceed, with all reports surfacing Thursday which lefty Andrew Miller and the Cardinals are near a deal.

Earlier this off season, reports surfaced that Kimbrel had been seeking a contract of six years at $100 million.

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The Red Sox, for example their projected salary-arbitration responsibilities have approximately $230 million talked with regards to this 20-19 payroll.

Dombrowski recently stated the Red Sox would prefer to go above the final luxury-tax brink — which is now $246 million — to the second successive year. As a penalty for going above the finished brink in the championship-winning 2018, the Sox paid a penalty of $11.9 million and also transferred down 10 spots in the 20-19 Draft.

It is usually possible Boston can trade a veteran this cold temperatures and reallocate that money to fortify the bullpen.

In case Kimbrel signs elsewhere, there is still considerable depth on the freeagent market at closer. Kelvin Herrera along with Joakim Soria will be had at a modest price.

Shortly before the Winter Meetings, Dombrowski brought back flame-throwing righty Nathan Eovaldi on a four-year, $ 6-8 million contract.

Since winter months Meetings ended a week, the Sox have left any smaller-scale moves, agreeing to terms with righty newcomer Erasmo Ramirez on a Minor League contract which comprises an invite to Spring Training. The club also agreed to terms on a Minor League deal with righty reliever Zach Putnam, who missed every one of 2018 following Tommy John surgery.

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