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Red Sox 'not counting on Devers at this point'

Red Sox 'not counting on Devers at this point'

BOSTON — Rafael Devers could continue to rake at Triple-A Pawtucket and make it to the majors this year. Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski seems to want to keep that possibility on the back burner — at least publicly.

Twenty-year-olds don’t need that pressure, if it can be avoided. Devers on Friday was promoted from Double-A Portland, on the same day the Sox designated Pablo Sandoval for assignment.

“I'm not counting on Devers at this point,” Dombrowski said Friday. “We again think Rafael Devers is going to be a very, very good player. But I don't want to put it on his back that we're counting on him in a pennant race. He should go to Triple-A and play like he's capable of playing and we'll see what takes place at that time.”

Last year, the Red Sox jumped Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi both from Double-A to the majors. It worked for the latter, but not the former, who’s now with the White Sox following the Chris Sale trade.

“I really at times have been open-minded to jumping guys from Double-A to the big leagues,” Dombrowski said Friday. “You saw we did it last year. Our guys just feel with his age, where he is and what he's come through that it would be beneficial for him to go to Triple-A from a maturity perspective. Really this year he's been tremendous. But we thought it could be beneficial for him to see Triple-A and see how he adjusts to that.”

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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