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Craig Kimbrel had zero free agent offers as of last month, Brock Holt says

Craig Kimbrel had zero free agent offers as of last month, Brock Holt says

As superstars like Manny Machado and Bryce Harper sign record-setting free agent contracts, Craig Kimbrel is still waiting for his payday.

The free-agent closer has been one of the biggest victims of a glacially-moving offseason, as teams seem unwilling to meet Kimbrel's lofty contract demands.

Just how dry is Kimbrel's market? Boston Red Sox utility man Brock Holt made a surprising admission Friday to the Boston Herald's Michael Silverman after catching up with his ex(?)-teammate earlier this offseason.

Holt said that when he got together with Kimbrel a month ago, he was stunned to learn that the free agent had yet to field an offer.

“ ‘I can’t even say yes to anyone because I don’t have an offer,’ ” is what Holt said Kimbrel told him back in Boston last month. And while Holt assumes Kimbrel has received an offer since then, he can’t be sure.

Part of the lack of action is on Kimbrel and his agent, who may need to drop their contract ask for teams to bite after initially demanding a six-year deal worth $100 million. It's also possible Kimbrel's agent has fielded calls from teams or had preliminary discussions without getting a formal offer.

But to Holt, Kimbrel's admission was disturbing nonetheless.

“The fact that we still have so many good players that haven’t signed is frustrating," Holt told Silverman. "If you’re a team, you want to put the best team on the field, and you’ve got guys like Craig Kimbrel out there who don’t have a job and you’re telling me you’re not going to be better with him on your team? So, it’s frustrating.”

Kimbrel turns 31 in late May, but he's still the top reliever on the market, a seven-time All-Star with a sparkling pedigree as one of the best closers ever.

So, who will sign him? The Minnesota Twins and Philadelphia Phillies reportedly have Kimbrel on their radar, while the Red Sox, despite insisting they've moved on, still can't be ruled out.

But the clock continues to tick on an elite free agent target with regular season baseball happening later this month.

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Watch Michael Chavis smoke a double for his first major league hit

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Watch Michael Chavis smoke a double for his first major league hit

Red Sox rookie Michael Chavis wasted no time earning his first major league hit.

Chavis' first at-bat in the bigs came in the ninth inning on Saturday night as he pinch hit for catcher Sandy Leon. On a 1-2 pitch from Rays reliever Jose Alvarado, the 23-year-old smoked a double over center fielder Kevin Kiermaier's head.

That's a moment Chavis won't ever forget.

We can expect to see more of Chavis for the foreseeable future with Dustin Pedroia, Eduardo Nuñez, and Brock Holt all on the injured list. The Red Sox' top hitting prospect likely will play a mix of first base and third base until manager Alex Cora feels more comfortable putting him at second.

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Mitch Moreland exits game vs. Rays with back spasms, is day-to-day

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Mitch Moreland exits game vs. Rays with back spasms, is day-to-day

Mitch Moreland left in the third inning of Saturday night's game vs. the Rays with back spasms.

The Red Sox first baseman was replaced by Steve Pearce and is considered day-to-day.

Moreland wasn't the only Sox player to go down with an injury on Saturday. Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi was placed on the 10-day injured list with an elbow issue and may undergo surgery.

Fortunately for Boston, Moreland's injury isn't as serious and barring any surprises, he should be able to return to action sooner rather than later.

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