The Boston Red Sox will finally have their ring ceremony for last season’s World Series victory on Tuesday after opening the season with a road trip.  One of the key contributors from last season’s team will not be in attendance despite remaining unsigned.

Free agent closer Craig Kimbrel turned down the invitation from his former team to attend Tuesday’s ring ceremony. 


“While he really appreciated our invite and outreach, he feels his attendance might create a distraction,” Kennedy said. “Out of respect for his teammates, he has chosen to not attend. While disappointed, we totally respect and understand his decision.”

It’s hard not to believe Kimbrel doesn’t have any hard feelings.  He was a big part of the team’s success last season, recorded 42 saves in his third straight All-Star season with the Red Sox, and the team almost immediately made it clear they didn’t want to bring him back.

It’s also hard to believe the 30-year-old is still a free agent after the last three seasons he had in Boston.  There are teams interested and he won’t remain a free agent for much longer. 

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