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MLB Rumors: Craig Kimbrel reportedly looking for nine-figure contract

MLB Rumors: Craig Kimbrel reportedly looking for nine-figure contract

When Dave Dombrowski was asked about re-signing Craig Kimbrel, he suggested it was unlikely, adding that the Sox "weren't going to be overly aggressive with big expenditures" at the closer position.

Exactly how big of an expenditure would be needed to sign the seven-time All-Star is reportedly outrageous.

A nine-figure contract like that wouldn't just break the bank for closers; it would smash it into little pieces, then run over those pieces with a steamroller. So far, the largest contract handed out to a reliever was the 5-year, $86 million dollar deal the Yankees gave Aroldis Chapman two years ago.

And while there's no doubt that Kimbrel remains one of the elite closers in the game, he's coming off a 2018 season where he had a 2.74 ERA and gave up a career-high seven home runs. He then struggled mightily to start the postseason before settling down to help the Sox clinch their fourth World Series title in 15 seasons.

It remains to be seen if any bidders will meet that sky-high asking price, but don't count on Kimbrel coming back to Boston in 2019.

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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineups: Mookie Betts at DH in reshuffled order

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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineups: Mookie Betts at DH in reshuffled order

Alex Cora is getting creative for Thursday's matinee against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

The Boston Red Sox are rolling out a unique lineup for Thursday's 12:37 p.m. ET game that features Michael Chavis leading off and playing first base, Mookie Betts serving as the designated hitter and Steve Pearce playing left field for just the fourth time this season.

Boston's game of lineup musical chairs gives Mitch Moreland the day off, while J.D. Martinez will miss his fourth consecutive game due to illness.

The Red Sox also are making changes on the bump, as right-hander Ryan Weber will make his first start in a Boston uniform. The 28-year-old has allowed one run in eight innings with seven strikeouts over three relief appearances with Boston since getting called up on May 6.

The Sox will have a different bullpen behind Weber, too, as they placed Tyler Thornburg on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip impingement Thursday while recalling right-hander Travis Lakins.

Toronto will counter with left-hander Clayton Richard, who makes his 2019 season debut after returning from a right knee injury.

Here are the Red Sox's and Blue Jays' lineups for Thursday's game, which is set for 12:37 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre.

BOSTON RED SOX (26-23)
Michael Chavis, 1B
Mookie Betts, DH
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Rafael Devers, 3B
Steve Pearce, LF
Andrew Benintendi, CF
Christian Vázquez, C
Eduardo Nunez, 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr., RF

Ryan Weber, RHP (0-0, 1.13 ERA)

TORONTO BLUE JAYS (20-29)
Eric Sogard, 2B
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B
Justin Smoak, DH
Rowdy Tellez, 1B
Brandon Drury, LF
Freddy Galvis, SS
Bill McKinney, RF
Danny Jansen, C
Jonathan Davis, CF

Clayton Richard, LHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

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Red Sox do Bruins a solid, move up May 29 game for Stanley Cup Final

Red Sox do Bruins a solid, move up May 29 game for Stanley Cup Final

The Red Sox know the importance of a championship series in Boston and are planning accordingly.

The Sox announced Thursday they're moving the start time of next Wednesday's home game against the Cleveland Indians from 7:10 p.m. ET to 6:10 p.m. ET to accommodate fans who want to watch Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues.

That Bruins vs. Blues contest is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET down the street at TD Garden, so the Red Sox's early start time will draw more eyeballs to the start of their game while allowing Boston fans to double dip.

The games will still overlap, of course, but if you're at Fenway Park on Wednesday, the Sox will show updates and video highlights of Bruins vs. Blues between innings to save fans the trouble of watching on their smartphones.

Boston fans also will be in the clear for Game 1 of the Cup Final on Monday, as the Red Sox and Indians will play at 4:05 p.m. ET in a Memorial Day afternoon contest before the Bruins drop the puck with the Blues at 8 p.m. ET.

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