Craig Kimbrel

Kimbrel's newborn daughter treated in Boston for heart condition


Kimbrel's newborn daughter treated in Boston for heart condition

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Coming off a phenomenal season, Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel spent the offseason in Boston. Not to be closer to Fenway Park, but for proximity to something far more important: the city’s first-rate medical community.

Kimbrel’s daughter, Lydia Joy, was born in November with a heart issue.


“It’s been a lot,” Kimbrel said Saturday at Red Sox Winter Weekend at Foxwoods. “My wife and I, we’ve kept it kind of private. But when she was born, she had some heart defects so we decided to stay in Boston and work with Children’s Hospital and just been going through that ordeal and it’s had its ups and downs but she’s doing great right now."

Focusing wasn't always easy in season, but Kimbrel said his daughter's condition has motivated him even more.

“They always say when you have a child, things change and they have," he said. "I’m definitely more focused towards her and her needs and our family needs. It’s just one day at a time and give everything I got. It’s real easy to look at her and understand everything I’m doing is for her and it makes it a lot easier.”

Kimbrel and his wife, Ashley, found out early in the 2017 season that they would be staying in Boston for the winter and were preparing.

“Everything has kind of gone as planned so far,” Kimbrel said. “She’ll have another surgery during spring training, so I’ll come back to Boston for a week and do that, but it’s been good. It’s definitely been tough, but one of the happiest, joyful times of our life.”

"Being in Boston, we feel blessed, because the doctors are the best in the world. Being able to work with them has been great.”

Kimbrel said his wife has stayed in touch with Travis Shaw’s wife. The Shaw family has had a similar experience, Kimbrel said.

“It seems like they’re doing pretty good,” Kimbrel said. “It’s been very encouraging to see.”



Report: Ex-Red Sox reliever Reed gets deal with Twins


Report: Ex-Red Sox reliever Reed gets deal with Twins

He was dubbed "Closer B" by Red Sox manager John Farrell when acquired at the trade deadline last summer, now Addison Reed is "Closer B Gone" the Twins.

The right-handed reliever, 29, has agreed to a two-year, $16.75 million free-agent deal with Minnesota, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and reports. 

Reed began last season with the Mets and had 19 saves and a 2.57 ERA before being traded to the Red Sox, where he had a 3.33 ERA in 29 games (27 innings) without a save as a setup man for Craig Kimbrell.  

Red Sox add coaches, pick up Sale and Kimbrel options


Red Sox add coaches, pick up Sale and Kimbrel options

The day after the conclusion of the World Series was a busy one for the Red Sox, including the announcement of some of new manager Alex Cora's coaching staff and picking up the contract options on Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel.

Former Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke will be Cora's bench coach, former Double-A Portland manager Carlos Febles will be third-base coach and Tom Goodwin will be first-base coach. Dana LeVangie remains bullpen coach. The hitting and pitching coach vacancies remain to be filled.

Roenicke was 342-331 and led Milwaukee to the National League Central title in 2011 as Brewers manager from 2011-15. Goodwin, a former outfielder, had been the Mets first-base coach since 2011. Febles, a former infielder, has been a Sox minor league manager and coach since 2007.

The 2018 options for lefty ace Sale ($12.5 million) and closer Kimbrel ($13 million) were picked up, while the Sox parted ways with lefty reliever Robbie Ross Jr. and infielder Josh Rutledge when they were outrighted from the 40-man roster and chose to become free agents. Joining them as free agents from the 2017 Sox are lefty reliever Fernando Abad, righty relievers Blaine Boyer and Addison Reed, outfielders Rajai Davis and Chris Young, righty starter Doug Fister, first baseman Mitch Moreland and infielder Eduardo Nunez. 

Minor league outfielder Bryce Brentz and lefty reliever Williams Jerez were added to the major league roster. Brentz, 28, hit 31 homers and had 85 RBI at Triple-A Pawtucket and Jerez, 25 had a 3.27 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings, primarily with Portland.  

Also, infielder Marco Hernandez, right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg and knuckleballer Steven Wright were activated off the 60-day disabled list.