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Brewers reportedly in agreement with reliever not named Craig Kimbrel

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Brewers reportedly in agreement with reliever not named Craig Kimbrel

Apparently Craig Kimbrel wasn't the only reliever the Milwaukee Brewers had their eye on.

The Brewers are in agreement on a contract with right-hander Alex Wilson, a free-agent reliever who is not Kimbrel, The Athletic's Robert Murray and Ken Rosenthal reported Friday.

Wilson, who began his MLB career with the Red Sox and was part of Boston's 2014 trade with the Detroit Tigers for Rick Porcello, opted out of his contract with the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday after being informed he wouldn't make the major league roster.

But the 32-year-old apparently has a new home in Milwaukee, which reportedly was in discussions with Kimbrel about a potential deal.

Wilson's signing doesn't preclude the Brewers from also signing Kimbrel, but it does make a deal less likely, as Milwaukee already has a pretty crowded bullpen with Corey Knebel, Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress in the fold.

If the Brewers opt to stand pat, it's back to square one for Kimbrel, who finished second in the American League with 42 saves last season but still is unemployed with under a week before (non-Japan) regular-season action begins.

The Red Sox have said they're happy with their current bullpen, but if Kimbrel still doesn't have any offers and lowers his price tag, Boston may have to reconsider.

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Report: "Many" Red Sox players still plan to visit White House

Report: "Many" Red Sox players still plan to visit White House

As a collective, the Boston Red Sox still seem a bit undecided about their upcoming White House visit.

Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rafael Devers all have said they won't join the team May 9 when it visits President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Boston's 2018 World Series championship.

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, though, there's still a sizeable contingent of players making the trip -- "more than you think," one undecided player reportedly told Heyman.

The Red Sox would have visited the White House back in February but postponed the trip to May 9 due to the government shutdown.

Manager Alex Cora, who's been critical in the past of how the Trump Administration handled recovery efforts in his native Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, still is undecided if he'll join his players.

The Red Sox have been careful to leave politics out of their visit, with president Sam Kennedy insisting the trip is voluntary and that the club doesn't want to make any sort of statement with who does and doesn't attend.

If some of their biggest stars (and their manager) stay behind while others go, however, Kennedy's wish may go unfulfilled.

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