BRADENTON, Fla. -- For those holding out hope Craig Kimbrel might still be an option for the Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski pretty much put an end to that line of thinking Monday morning.
Talking at LECOM Park prior to the Red Sox' Grapefruit League game against the Pirates, the president of baseball operations didn't mention the free agent closer by name but did offer a definitive approach when it came to how his club was moving forward.
"As far as signings are concerned I would say we’re through at this point," Dombrowski said. "That doesn’t mean that won’t be a priority just because of how we shape up. It’s something to kind of follow in spring training as you follow other things, I can’t rule that out. We don’t have anything going outside the organization. We stay in contact with people and see if there is anything that becomes a situation that makes sense."
As of now, it would appear that Matt Barnes has the inside edge on taking over the closer's role for the Red Sox, with Ryan Brasier -- who is still dealing with an infected pinky toe -- also in the mix.
Kimbrel's market remains unclear, with his agent denying a report that the closer is prepared to sit out the season if a suitable deal doesn't come his way.
As for the rest of the Red Sox' bullpen behind Barnes and Brasier, Dombrowski remains confident that his team has enough to get the job done. The executive cited the performances of Brandon Workman and Colten Brewer Sunday as positive steps, with Tyler Thornburg, Heath Hembree and Steven Wright also in line to be counted on.
"I think so. Sure," said Dombrowski when asked if he was content with what the current Red Sox roster had to offer in the way of relievers. "We just have to continue to monitor and see what takes place. We haven’t even seen the guys perform in games so nothing has really changed. But we continue to feel that way."