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Drellich's Red Sox Opening Day roster picture

Drellich's Red Sox Opening Day roster picture

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Opening Day is later this month. As a spring-training exercise, here’s one way to look at the Red Sox' current roster situation.

The roster positions are numbered to 25, with a presumed 13 bench players and 12 pitchers.

There seem to be three competitions: Three players for two spots at the back of the bench, the final spot in the rotation (at least to begin the season while Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright rehab) and the final spot in the bullpen.

One perspective:

CATCHER (Alex Cora has said these two are his catchers, for those watching Blake Swihart’s progress closely.)
1. Christian Vazquez
2. Sandy Leon (no minor-league options)

INFIELD
3. Mitch Moreland
4. Eduardo Nunez
5. Xander Bogaerts
6. Rafael Devers
7. Hanley Ramirez

OUTFIELD
8. Jackie Bradley
9. Andrew Benintendi
10. Mookie Betts
11. J.D. Martinez

BENCH
12. BUBBLE-ISH: Brock Holt (options)
13. BUBBLE: Blake Swihart (no options), Deven Marrero (no options)

COMING BACK EVENTUALLY: Dustin Pedroia

STARTING PITCHERS
14. Chris Sale
15. David Price
16. Rick Porcello
17. Drew Pomeranz
18. Fifth starter, Brian Johnson (out of options, could be in bullpen)
BUBBLE: Hector Velazquez (options), Roenis Elias (options)

BULLPEN
19. Craig Kimbrel
20. Carson Smith
21. Robby Scott
22. Joe Kelly
23. Matt Barnes
24. Heath Hembree (out of options)
25. BUBBLE: Brandon Workman (options), Austin Maddox (options), Fernando Rodriguez (minors deal)


COMING BACK EVENTUALLY: Tyler Thornburg, Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright

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Agent: Report that Craig Kimbrel will sit out season 'utterly false'

Agent: Report that Craig Kimbrel will sit out season 'utterly false'

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."

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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Highlights of the Red Sox' 8-5 spring training win over the Yankees

Highlights of the Red Sox' 8-5 spring training win over the Yankees

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 8, Yankees 5

IN BRIEF: The Yankees got off to a 3-0 head start, but a five-run third inning that included a Michael Chavis three-run homer propelled the Red Sox to an 8-5 win in their Grapefruit League opener.

Red Sox spring training record: 2-0

HIGHLIGHTS:

1st inning

Gleyber Torres puts the Yankees ahead early with a solo home run (1-0 NYY).

2nd inning

Matt Lipka drills an RBI double (2-0 NYY).

Aaron Hicks adds an RBI double of his own (3-0 NYY).

Tzu-Wei Lin gets Red Sox on board with an RBI single (3-1 NYY).

3rd inning

Rafael Devers brings Sox within one with an RBI single (3-2 NYY).

Bryce Brentz ties it up with an RBI single (3-3).

Michael Chavis breaks the tie with a three-run home run (6-3 BOS).

8th inning

Ryan McBroom hits a first-pitch solo home run (6-4 BOS).

Kyle Holder brings Yankees within one with RBI single (6-5 BOS).

Juan Centeno rips a two-run single to extend the Red Sox lead (8-5 BOS).

UP NEXT:

vs Twins, Sunday, 1:05 p.m., NESN

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