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MLB Rumors: Red Sox among six teams still in mix for Craig Kimbrel

MLB Rumors: Red Sox among six teams still in mix for Craig Kimbrel

Pitchers and catchers report to most teams in just two weeks. But we still have no idea where Craig Kimbrel is headed.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman on Thursday listed five MLB clubs -- one of which is the Boston Red Sox -- and a "mystery team" as possible landing spots for the All-Star closer in free agency.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has said on several occasions he doesn't see Boston signing a high-priced free agent before the season begins. That would appear to rule out Kimbrel, who reportedly is seeking a hefty multi-year contract.

Yet some believe the Sox are simply waiting out the market to sign Kimbrel at a lower price tag. That strategy would appear to be working, as teams like the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals and Minnesota Twins reportedly have interest but have yet to pony up for the 30-year-old closer.

As the calendar turns to February, a Kimbrel signing *should* come soon. His list of suitors doesn't seem to be narrowing, though.

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Red Sox' Alex Verdugo robs home run, celebrates with awesome reaction

Red Sox' Alex Verdugo robs home run, celebrates with awesome reaction

Alex Verdugo made best play of his young Boston Red Sox career Friday night, and he was well aware of it.

With the Red Sox leading the Blue Jays by two runs in the ninth inning, Verdugo leaped in front of the right field bullpen at Fenway Park to rob Toronto's Travis Shaw of a home run.

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The play was impressive in its own right, but the 24-year-old outfielder punctuated it with a great reaction.

Verdugo's scream of celebration was audible on the game broadcast (even above the fake crowd noise), a sign of just how fired up he was about the catch.

"I would say I’ve never screamed like that before,” Verdugo said after Boston's 5-3 win, via the Associated Press. “I used to be a pitcher back in the day. I was pretty hyped up."

Verdugo had two other reasons to be hyped up: He also blasted a pair of solo home runs, giving him three on the young season and earning a spot alongside legendary left-handed slugger Mo Vaughn.

The Red Sox aren't expected to make much noise this season, but it appears the former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder will do his best to raise the decibel level.

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Highlights: Alex Verdugo homers twice in Boston's second straight win

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Highlights: Alex Verdugo homers twice in Boston's second straight win

FINAL SCORE: Boston Red Sox 5, Toronto Blue Jays 3

IN BRIEF: Alex Verdugo homered twice and Mitch Moreland added one of his own in the Red Sox' win over the Blue Jays on Friday night. The Red Sox capitalized on a woeful outing from Blue Jays starter Tanner Roark, who walked five batters and allowed four runs in three innings pitched.

Sox starter Ryan Weber allowed two runs in three innings, then the bullpen put together an admirable effort to preserve the lead.

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BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 5-8

HIGHLIGHTS

Well, that escalated quickly

Verdugo's first Fenway homer

Moreland's two-run shot

Vlad Jr. brings Jays within one

Homer No. 2 for Verdugo...

...and then he robs one!

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