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MLB rumors: Phillies "have visions" of Bryce Harper, Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel moves

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MLB rumors: Phillies "have visions" of Bryce Harper, Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel moves

The Philadelphia Phillies were expected to be big spenders over the MLB offseason with several marquee players hitting the free-agent market.

So far, however, the Phillies have not made a major splash, but a couple huge moves could be on the horizon. USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale provided some insight Tuesday with a tweet on the Phillies' current situation.

Bryce Harper arguably is the best hitter on the free-agent market, while Craig Kimbrel is the top closer still unsigned. Dallas Keuchel is one of the few quality starting pitchers without a contract. If the Phillies signed one or more of these players, the rest of the market might start to move a bit faster.

Kimbrel reportedly was searching for a nine-figure payday at the beginning of free agency, but that doesn't seem realistic at this point with his market looking pretty small. He spent the last three years playing for the Boston Red Sox and helped them win the 2018 World Series. The Sox remain one of the best options for him.

The Red Sox lost Joe Kelly to the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency and several other top free-agent relievers already have signed with other teams. Kimbrel and Adam Ottavino are the two best bullpen options left for the Red Sox to pursue in free agency. The Red Sox showed an extraordinary amount of patience in their pursuit of outfielder J.D. Martinez in free agency before the 2018 season, and it paid off when they signed him for a team-friendly price. Taking the same approach with Kimbrel isn't a bad idea, but if he chooses to sign elsewhere, Boston won't have many quality options left to replace him in free agency.

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Dustin Pedroia 'didn't feel right' during rehab start in Portland

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Dustin Pedroia 'didn't feel right' during rehab start in Portland

Dustin Pedroia continued his injury rehab assignment in Portland on Friday, and it appears he may have suffered another setback.

The veteran second baseman "didn't feel right" and left the game after four innings, according to Red Sox manager Alex Cora.

Per Cora, Pedroia's latest setback isn't believed to be major. Even if that's the case, the 35-year-old can't seem to go more than a few games without having issues with his surgically-repaired left knee. That's an obvious cause for concern.

Cora didn't reveal further details about Pedroia's situation, but hopes the team will know more tomorrow.

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Highlights of Red Sox' 4-3 loss to the Astros

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Highlights of Red Sox' 4-3 loss to the Astros

FINAL SCORE: Astros 4, Red Sox 3

IN BRIEF: The Red Sox made three errors and Chris Sale allowed four runs  (two earned) in six innings and saw his double-digit strikeout streak end at four starts as Boston fell 4-3 to the Astros in the opener of a three-game series in Houston. BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 27-24

HIGHLIGHTS:

2nd inning:
Diaz singles to center, moves to second on a wild pitch, scores on first baseman Pearce's throwing error (after replay review) (HOU, 1-0).

3rd inning:
Marisnick homers to left off Sale on a 2-2 pitch (HOU, 2-0).

 

4th inning:
Chirinos walks, moves to third on Reddick's single, scores on shortstop Bogaerts error on a fielder's choice (HOU, 3-0).

Springer's sacrifice fly scores Reddick (4-0, HOU).

6th inning:
Bogaerts homers to left off Miley on a 2-1 pitch (4-1, HOU).

7th inning:
Bradley Jr. homers to center off Pressly on a 0-0 pitch (4-2, HOU).

9th inning:

Vazquez homers to left off Osuna on a 3-2 pitch (4-3, HOU).

UP NEXT:

@Astros, Saturday, 7:15 p.m., FOX
@Astros, Sunday, 2:10 p.m., NESN
Vs. Indians, Monday, 4:05 p.m., ESPN, NESN

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