Things are getting very interesting when it comes to the Red Sox and a possible reunion with Craig Kimbrel.
Heading into Thursday it would have appeared as though the Phillies might be the most logical challenger for the services of Kimbrel. But according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com Philadelphia has committed to another closer, agreeing to terms with David Robertson.
The report states that Robertson's deal with the Phillies is for two years at $23 million with a $12 million club option for a third season.
That leaves Kimbrel in a very interesting spot.
While there are certainly some possible landing spots for the closer, taking Philly out of the equation certainly enhances the chances Kimbrel might land back in Boston. Dave Dombrowski has been firm in his stance that the Sox aren't going to allocate significant years or money to the closer spot, but despite Kimbrel's initial ask of six years the price tag could ultimately be to the Red Sox' liking.
Atlanta is still perceived as a possibility when it comes to making a run at Kimbrel, although it is believed that general manager Alex Anthopoulos isn't keen on allocating significant resources to the closer role. Houston seems content with Roberto Osuna and isn't exactly flush with money. The Angels are seemingly targeting relievers more in the range of Robertson, Adam Ottavino or Zach Britton. The Cardinals, even with the acquisition of Andrew Miller, could be in the mix.
Any team interested in Kimbrel would need to be on the verge of winning and/or have resources, or have the need for such a player. Cubs. Indians. A's. All have financial restraints. Yankees. Rockies. Dodgers. No real need.
Bring on the mystery team.
The Red Sox aced last offseason by waiting out the J.D. Martinez market, and now they appear to have done a solid job reading the landscape this time around.