After this past postseason, I think I (and many fans) feel comfortable in saying this: Craig Kimbrel should not be re-signed.
After the troubles and mini heart attacks he gave us all in October, I think an alternative is ideal. Costs for this Red Sox team will soon become an issue, and I do not think the contract Kimbrel will warrant on the open market is one the Red Sox can dish out. The Red Sox have over $156 million on the books for nine players on the 25-man roster, and this does not include a bevy of players contractually tied to the team through arbitration-determined salaries (meaning Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts, Eduardo Rodriguez, etc.)
In addition to Kimbrel, the following 2018 Red Sox are free agents: Nathan Eovaldi, Joe Kelly, Ian Kinsler, Steve Pearce, Drew Pomeranz, Brandon Phillips.
It’s not easy to pay everyone after winning a championship, and some fan favorites will not be back next season. Since I hope Kimbrel is one, lets look at who I think should be considered to replace him.