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Benintendi, Abad added to Red Sox roster; Layne, Martinez DFA’d

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Benintendi, Abad added to Red Sox roster; Layne, Martinez DFA’d

The Red Sox officially added outfielder Andrew Benintendi and left-handed reliever Fernando Abad to the active roster before their game Tuesday night in Seattle and designated lefty reliever Tommy Layne and utility man Michael Martinez for assignment.

Abad, 30, was acquired Monday prior to the 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline from the Minnesota Twins for minor league right-handed reliever Pat Light. Benintendi, 22, one of the Red Sox top prospects, has been called up from Double-A Portland.

Manager John Farrell said the left-handed hitting Benintendi wouldn’t start tonight against Mariners’ left-hander Wade LeBlanc but will likely start in left field on Wednesday night against right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.

Martinez, 33, was acquired earlier this month in a trade with the Cleveland Indians. He went 1-for-6 in four games. Layne, 31, spent the past three seasons with the Red Sox. He was 1-2, 3.77 ERA with a 1.430 WHIP and 25 strikeouts in 34 games (28 2/3 innings) this season.

The designation for assignment gives the team 10 days to trade, release or have the players accept a minor league assignment.

 

Craig Kimbrel rejects qualifying offer, will enter free agency

Craig Kimbrel rejects qualifying offer, will enter free agency

To the surprise of almost no one, Craig Kimbrel rejected his $17.9 million qualifrying offer from the Red Sox and will test the free agent market for a bigger contract. 

Kimbrel is reportedly looking for a contract worth around $80 million, and this move will allow the Red Sox to receive a draft pick if Kimbrel signs elsewhere. 

Kimbrel recorded 42 saves for the Red Sox on the way to a World Series championship. However, Kimbrel was shaky in the postseason. He allowed seven earned runs in the playoffs but never lost a game in the ninth. 

Kimbrel may fetch big money this offseason as a big-name closer, so the Red Sox will have to decide whether its worth the long term commitment to retain his services. 

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Joe Kelly hopes to stay with Red Sox for rest of his career

Joe Kelly hopes to stay with Red Sox for rest of his career

Joe Kelly had an up-and-down 2018 season with the Red Sox. 

He started the season strong, solidifying himself as a key set up artist for closer Craig Kimbrel. But then he fell off to the point where Red Sox fans did not know if they could count on him in the postseason. 

Kelly finished the year with a 4.39 ERA, only to become one of the best relievers in baseball during the playoffs. In 11.1 innings, Kelly posted a 1.59 ERA with 16 strikeouts. 

Now, the 30-year old right hander is a free agent due for a considerable pay day. Howwever, Kelly told Jim Rome he doesn't see himself playing anywhere other than Boston. 

I love being apart of the team and the coaching staff we have... Everyone gets along so well and I don’t even feel like a free agent, I still feel like a part of the Boston Red Sox. It's a place I feel like I’m going to be the rest of my career. Free agency is going to be fun to see what teams are interested in me, but hopefully I can be a Red Sox for the rest of my career. 

We don't know if the Red Sox plan to spend the money necessary on Kelly or if Kimbrel's sitation will be the deciding factor in Kelly coming back, but at least we know where the releiver wants to be. 

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