Monday, January 7, 2019

One More Bullpen Option Bites The Dust As White Sox Sign RP Kelvin Herrera

Very quickly, Dave Dombrowski's "end-of-the-bullpen" options are narrowing to two realistic choices: bringing back Craig Kimbrel or signing former Northeastern University Husky Adam Ottavino. Today, a former Red Sox target—Kelvin Herrerawas signed to a two-year, $18 million deal by the other hose laundry, the Chicago White Sox. Reportedly, The Evil Ones are also in on Ottavino—while the likely suitors for Kimbrel appear to be Boston, Philadelphia or Atlanta. The Phillies may decide to focus on Kimbrel (and possibly an outfield option like A. J. Pollock) as "fall-backs" if they whiff on both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. Boston's waiting game is getting more dangerous by the day—which could have them facing a back-end-of-the-bullpen corps comprised of Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier and Heath Hembree. Yikes! Look for something to pop very soon on the reliever front for the Red Sox.