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MLB hot stove: Craig Kimbrel's agent denies report closer is considering sitting out 2019

Sporting News logo Sporting News 2/23/2019 Chelsea Howard
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With spring training underway and Craig Kimbrel still a free agent, it's possible the former Red Sox closer will sit out the 2019 season if he doesn't receive an offer he's happy with.

Kimbrel's asking price is too high and still hasn't come down, according to The Athletic, which cited multiple general managers. Many close to Kimbrel think "he will consider sitting out the year if he doesn’t get close to his perceived value."

Kimbrel's agent David Meter denied the truth of the report.

“The report is wholly inaccurate and Craig looks forward to signing a new contract in the near future," Meter told The Athletic. "Any report pertaining to his not playing this season is utterly false.”

Kimbrel, a seven-time All-Star who saved 108 games for Boston the past three seasons, earned $13 million last year. However, he's reportedly seeking a six-year contract worth more than $100 million, which would be a record-setting deal for a closer.

The 30-year-old finished last season with a 2.74 ERA and 42 saves with Boston, but the Red Sox already indicated they aren't interested in bringing Kimbrel back next year after his four-year, $42 million deal ended.

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