About three hours after a report of former Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel being ready to sit out the season if he didn't get the contract he wanted, his agent issued a strong denial that the reliever plans to not pitch in 2019.
Kimbrel's agent, David Meter, told The Athletic and FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that the report is "utterly false."
Craig Kimbrel’s agent, David Meter, on the report that Kimbrel is considering sitting out the season: “The report is wholly inaccurate and Craig looks forward to signing a new contract in the near future. Any report pertaining to his not playing this season is utterly false.”— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 23, 2019
Kimbrel, 31, 14th on the all-time saves list with 333, was reported to be initially seeking a six-year, $100 million deal when the offseason began. The Red Sox made a one-year, $17 million qualifying offer to him in order to guarantee draft-pick compensation. There's reportedly also been interest from the Phillies and one of his other former teams, the Braves.
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