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MLB Rumors: Here are Craig Kimbrel's latest contract demands

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MLB Rumors: Here are Craig Kimbrel's latest contract demands

The 2019 MLB season is in full swing, and Craig Kimbrel still doesn't have a team.

It's bizarre seeing one of the best closers of all time still on the market, especially when you consider the number of teams in need of bullpen help. But according to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, Kimbrel's asking price remains far too high. As recently as late March, the 2018 World Series Champion has asked for a five-year deal worth approximately $100 million.

Bowden writes:

"When the market didn’t develop for Kimbrel like [Kimbrel's agent David Meter] thought it would, he stuck to his guns and, even as late as March, was still seeking a five-year pact in the $100 million range.  It was a clear miscalculation of Kimbrel’s true market value, and not consistent with the actual offers or ranges teams had given him."

Kimbrel was linked to Milwaukee as a potential destination at the beginning of the season, but those talks seem to have cooled down. The Brewers could use a presence in the back of their 'pen alongside Josh Hader with Corey Knebel and Jeremy Jeffress both injured. Of course, if those reported contract demands are accurate, it's easy to see why they'd go in a different direction.

Saturday evening, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported figures for Kimbrel that are different than Bowden's, and they're far more reasonable:

Kimbrel posted a 2.74 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP, 96 strikeouts and 31 walks over 62 1/3 innings for the Red Sox last year. Once he brings his price down a notch, there's no reason he shouldn't be able to find a home.

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Here's when Red Sox plan to activate Mitch Moreland from injured list

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Here's when Red Sox plan to activate Mitch Moreland from injured list

All signs point toward Mitch Moreland returning to the Red Sox roster on Tuesday.

That's when the team plans on activating the first baseman from the injured list, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com.

Moreland, who has been sidelined since June 8 with a right quad strain, began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket last week. Although he went an uninspiring 0-for-13 during his rehab stint, Moreland shrugged off his struggles with a sense of humor.

The Red Sox will be glad to get some reinforcements at the first base position as they've also been without World Series MVP Steve Pearce for much of the season. Pearce, unlike Moreland, "isn't anything close" to being back according to manager Alex Cora.

Moreland hit .225 with 13 homers in 151 at-bats before landing on the IL.

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Report: Pedro Martinez questions David Ortiz mistaken identity theory

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Report: Pedro Martinez questions David Ortiz mistaken identity theory

As of now, Dominican Republic law enforcement officials are maintaining the theory that the gunman who shot David Ortiz on June 9 wasn't targeting the Red Sox legend. 

Baseball Hall of Famers, especially fellow Dominican hero Pedro Martinez, aren't buying it, according to the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy, who attended the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown over the weekend, wrote that he didn't encounter anyone who believed the "mistaken identity" theory. Martinez, who has been in touch with Ortiz, certainly doesn't believe that conclusion, but declined to reveal much. 

“This is for David and his family to talk about when they are ready,’’ Martinez told The Globe. “The only thing I will say is that this is the first time a baseball player was targeted in our country.’’

Even the supposed target of the shooting said he the "mistaken identity" theory doesn't add up. It's important to note, as the U.S. ambassador told Shaughnessy, that the investigation is ongoing. Still, one suspect will reportedly be officially charged with attempted murder and the alleged mastermind of the shooting has been apprehended. More than 10 suspects have been arrested in connection to the shooting of Ortiz. 

Meanwhile, Ortiz underwent a third surgery on July 11 to address complications from the gunshot wounds. Prior to that, his wife, Tiffany, said that he is in 'good' condition as he 'continues to make progress with his recovery.'

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