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Righty Ben Taylor makes Red Sox Opening Day roster

Righty Ben Taylor makes Red Sox Opening Day roster

The Red Sox have informed Ben Taylor he has made the team, a baseball source told CSNNE.com on Friday.

The Red Sox announced that all the other non-roster invitee pitchers in spring training, righties Austin Maddox, Chandler Shepherd and Jamie Callahan, had been reassigned to minor league camp. That left Taylor, and he's not being carried along just for one final exhibition game agianst the Orioles on Saturday.

Taylor, 24, was a seventh-round pick in 2015. Converted to the bullpen during his pro career, his velocity reaches the mid-90s. His best secondary pitch is a slider, followed by his changeup.

"Arm strength and aggressiveness," one scout who saw Taylor this spring said. "Some life at times up in the zone — it plays better than expected up there — but can be flat. Slurvy breaking ball. Inconistent changeup."

Taylor's stay with the Red Sox may well be short. Drew Pomeranz's trip to the disabled list to start the season gives the Sox room for an extra arm, but they'll need a starter come April 9.

The Red Sox on Friday also got outfielder Bryce Brentz through waivers. He was out of options.

The Sox exhibition game Friday afternoon against the Nats at Nationals Park in Washington was canceled because of poor weather. The teams are scheduled to play their exhibition finale Saturday at 2:05 p.m. at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. 

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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