Craig Kimbrel 'extremely unlikely' to return to Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox are "extremely unlikely" to re-sign closer Craig Kimbrel, club chairman Tom Werner said Monday.

What It Means:

If Kimbrel isn't brought back, the Red Sox will likely turn to Ryan Braiser or Matt Barnes at closer. The right-hander spent the past three seasons in Boston. He turns 31 in May.

Kimbrel converted 42 saves with a 2.74 ERA and 96 strikeouts (31 walks) across 62 1/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2018.