An unforgettable season capped off by a 2018 World Series title and beer cans being hummed at our best players, yea cut the crap people! Anyways, not the point of this blog. The real point is why the Sox SHOULD NOT try to resign Kimbrel OR look for another closer on the free agent market. The answer lies within! In the name of Durbin Feltman.
Believe me, I’m a huge Kimbrel fan and always have been. The issue is simply having to sign too many high-end players in such a short time frame. Kimbrel is just one of the odd men out in this situation, as he should be due to the amount of money it’ll require to sign him.
Feltman is a hard throwing right hander out of TCU. He posted a .74 ERA with 32 saves last spring with TCU and a 1.93 era, racking up 36 Ks in 23.1 innings through 23 games in the Red Sox farm system. He has a nasty slider that can be highly effective as a strike out pitch to go along with a 98 MPH fastball.
I don’t think he should be the closer right out of the gate, make him earn it and maybe start the year with a closer by committee type of approach till he proves he can be dominate. If this approach helps you save the money to spend on Sale, Mookie, or any of the other players whose contracts are expiring, then do it.
This post-season showed that it is not an absolute necessity to have a high-end closer, so no need to dump 16+ million into one. By the sound of it, Feltman could be a very effective relief pitcher so why not give him his shot and let him prove it, especially to save you 16 million. Let the kid play! That could be a massive difference maker.
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-Kevin Perdios (@Perdios95)