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Dave Dombrowski implies Craig Kimbrel won't be returning to Red Sox

Dave Dombrowski implies Craig Kimbrel won't be returning to Red Sox

It's looking more and more likely that Craig Kimbrel won't be returning to the Red Sox in 2019.

With the Winter Meetings underway in Las Vegas, Dave Dombrowski touched on various topics related to what the team's philosophy will be this offseason. Perhaps the biggest takeaway was the Red Sox' President of Baseball Operations discussing the chances of re-signing closer Craig Kimbrel.

"We're not going to be overly aggressive with big expenditures I don't think for an elite closer at this point," Dombrowski said Monday evening. "Our payroll is pretty high at this point, so without getting specific on him, we're not looking to make a big expenditure in that area. So read that as you may."

Dombrowski mentioned the team feels comfortable moving forward with the bullpen as currently constructed.

"We like a lot of the guys in our bullpen," Dombrowski said. "Brasier did a good job, Barnes did a good job for us, now they've moved Steven Wright out to the bullpen for us with this type of move that we made. We've got Workman, we've got Hembree, we like Bobby Poyner from last year, we like some of our young arms, we picked up Colten Brewer, so somebody that may end up helping us out there any way we can. But I don't have a specific on that; it's somewhat dependent upon cost of acquisition and how there's an acquisition. There's a lot of relievers out there at this point."

Sox manager Alex Cora shared the same sentiment as Dombrowski.

"Obviously with Barnes and Brasier, we feel comfortable they can get outs late in games, so I'm comfortable with the guys we have," Cora said. "We don't have to name a closer going into Spring Training."

The odds of the Red Sox bringing Kimbrel seemed slim once it was revealed the 30-year-old is looking for a six-year contract. As all indications point toward Boston moving on from the 2018 World Series champion closer, they still appear to have multiple free agent relievers on their radar.

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Red Sox' Rafael Devers sets new single-season record for most RBI vs. Blue Jays

Red Sox' Rafael Devers sets new single-season record for most RBI vs. Blue Jays

Rafael Devers is a certified Blue Jays killer.

The Red Sox third baseman has punished the AL East foe all season long, and he continued that trend in Wednesday night's matchup going 3-for-4 with four RBI.

That gives Devers 25 total RBI vs. the Blue Jays this year, passing David Ortiz (2005) for most by a player against Toronto in a single season. Wildly enough, Devers' mark is likely to increase as he'll get to face the Blue Jays four more times in 2019.

That isn't Devers' only impressive stat vs. Toronto. The 22-year-old's seven home runs against the Blue Jays are the third-most in a season by a Red Sox player, trailing only Manny Ramirez (9 in 2001) and J.D. Martinez (8 in 2018).

The Blue Jays will be happy to have a break from Devers after the two teams wrap up their series on Thursday night. After that, they'll next see him again in Toronto on September 10.

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Breakfast Podcast, July 18, 2019: David Price feud with Dennis Eckersley resurfaces

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Breakfast Podcast, July 18, 2019: David Price feud with Dennis Eckersley resurfaces

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01:10: David Price made some comments about his now longtime feud with Dennis Eckersley. John Tomase reacts to his comments, and what the timing could say about his contract with the Red Sox. 

10:05: After Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter had their first press conference as Celtics today, Danny Ainge revealed exactly when he had a good idea that Kyrie was leaving. Phil Perry Chris Forsberg, and Chris Gasper react. 

13:58: The Revolution beat Vancouver handily, 4-0 and Gustavo Bou makes his debut with a goal. Paul Mariner and Brad Feldman speak with head coach, Bruce Arena after the game to get his thought on the win, as well as the success since he has come to New England. 

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