The Boston Red Sox’s World Series ring ceremony will take place without one of their pivotal players from the 2018 season.
Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy announced Monday that Craig Kimbrel would not be attending the ceremony on Tuesday. Kennedy said the two talked “at length Sunday,” per MassLive’s Chris Cotillo, when Kimbrel informed him of his decision to forgo the event.
Kennedy said Kimbrel appreciated the invite, but, “feels his attendance might create a distraction.”
Kimbrel went 5-1 for the Sox last season, earning himself a 2.74 ERA and saved 42 games (blowing just 5 saves) over 62 1/3 innings pitched. He allowed 31 hits and 19 runs through his 63 appearances last year. He converted all six of his postseason save attempts, but was undeniably more shaky in the playoffs, posting a 5.91 ERA over nine appearances.
The righty is still an unsigned free agent, despite staying in touch with a number of teams during the offseason. He rejected a qualifying offer from the Sox early in the offseason in order to test the open market.