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Reports: Giants' Nunez, Mets' Cabrera among Red Sox 3B trade targets

Reports: Giants' Nunez, Mets' Cabrera among Red Sox 3B trade targets

With Todd Frazier off the board, you can add a couple of new names to potential Red Sox third base trade targets.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the "desperately searching" Red Sox "have their eye on" Eduardo Nunez of the Giants. 

Veteran baseball writer Peter Gammons tweeted that Asdrubal Cabrera of the Mets is a target and Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports that Cabrera is one of three Mets infielders the Sox are scouting, along with Wilmer Flores and T.J. Rivera.

Ex-Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie of the A's, Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison and Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte are also on Boston's radar, according to Heyman. 

The right-handed hitting Nuñez, 30, was an All-Star for the Twins last season and is hitting .295 with four homers, 26 RBI, and a .727 OPS in 69 games for San Francisco. He was acquired by the Giants at the trade deadline last season. Would the Red Sox go for another Giants third baseman (see Sandoval, Pablo)?

Cabrera, 31, a switch-hitter, has played more shortstop and second base than third in his career. He's hitting .247 with nine homers, 29 RBI and a .734 OPS for the Mets. He hit 23 homers for New York last season. 

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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