Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more insanity in this league, it gets more insane. We’ve seen a plethora of moves thus far that have changed the balance of the NBA. The Western Conference if officially open for grabs, and the Eastern Conference is still a competitive battle.
We are still waiting for a decision from Kawhi Leonard, and wherever he lands, that team will become a Finals contender.
I tried to wait as long as possible to make this piece so the predictions could seem at least somewhat accurate and make sense. As we know, things can change quickly in the NBA, and I’m sure by the time you see this, we’ll know something we didn’t before, and that will mess with everything.
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.