Red Sox rumor roundup: Here’s the latest on the team’s offseason moves

Who's leaving and who's staying in Boston?

Nathan Eovaldi pitches in the 13th inning of Game 3.

The Red Sox have several roster questions to address this offseason.

Here’s a look at where they stand with various players:

Other free agents

  • The New York Post‘s Joel Sherman says the Red Sox are among the five teams expressing “the strongest interest” in Seattle Mariners closer Edwin Diaz. Per Sherman, the other teams in pursuit are the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and Atlanta Braves.

Craig Kimbrel

Kimbrel is reportedly seeking a six-year deal.

The Phillies are reportedly interested in Kimbrel and Nathan Eovaldi.

  • According to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi, the Phillies have both Kimbrel and Eovaldi on their list of free agents they are interested in signing. Morosi reports Philadelphia could ink multiple free agents before big-ticket players Bryce Harper and Manny Machado make their decisions. Also on their list are starters Patrick Corbin and J.A. Happ, closer Zach Britton, and outfielders Michael Brantley and A.J. Pollock, according to Morosi.

Kimbrel will test the free agent market. 

  • Kimbrel declined a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Red Sox — the outcome president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was expecting — but the 30-year-old closer can still re-sign with the team. According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, Boston is still interested in Kimbrel, but the decision will ultimately come down to price. The Red Sox reportedly want to keep the contract under five years.
  • Teams that could ink Kimbrel include the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, and Minnesota Twins. The Atlanta Braves were also speculated to be among those interested, but MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports it’s “highly unlikely” Kimbrel’s asking price drops in their range. He is expected to cost $70-80 million over four to five years.
  • If Kimbrel does not sign with the Red Sox, they will receive a compensatory pick after the fourth round of the amateur draft in June.

Nathan Eovaldi

The right-handed pitcher is garnering widespread interest.

  • The Boston Globe‘s Nick Cafardo reports eight teams, in addition to the Red Sox, are pursuing Eovaldi: The Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants. More are likely to be added to the list, per Cafardo.
  • According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, multiple clubs have expressed interest in acquiring Eovaldi as a closer. Over the course of his seven seasons in the league, the 28-year-old has been used primarily as a starter.

Joe Kelly

  • Kelly has been vocal about wanting to remain with the Red Sox through the rest of his career. During a recent appearance on “The Jim Rome Show,” Kelly said he doesn’t even feel like a free agent because he still feels like he is a part of the Red Sox. The 30-year-old said “it’s going to be fun” to see which teams are interested in him this offseason.

Steve Pearce

David Price

  • Prior to the team’s celebratory duck boat parade, Price announced he will not be exercising the opt-out clause in his seven-year, $217 million contract. Price, 33, has four years remaining on the deal.

Chris Sale

  • The Red Sox exercised their $15 million 2019 contract option on Sale. He will become an unrestricted free agent following the upcoming season.

Other free agents who could be on the move include Ian Kinsler, Drew Pomeranz.

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