Alex Cora bringing group — and the trophy — to celebrate title in Puerto Rico
Red Sox manager Alex Cora is going home on Saturday and bringing the World Series trophy with him.
Cora and five of his players — Brock Holt, Sandy Leon, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Christian Vazquez — will be the guests of honor as the championship is celebrated in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Sox chairman Tom Werner, president Sam Kennedy, and coaches Andy Barkett, Tom Goodwin, and Ramon Vazquez will join Cora, the first manager from Puerto Rico to win a World Series.
The mayor of Caguas, William Miranda Torres, will meet the Sox at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan and escort the group to the town.
“I know the people back home,” Cora said Thursday. “When they do it, they do it right and long. It should be fun. They’re expecting a lot of people. Treat these guys with a lot of food and beverages. Just show the people from back home they’re part of it, too.
“It should be a cool day.”
Kimbrel gets the offer
The Red Sox officially extended a qualifying offer to free agent righthander Craig Kimbrel.
Kimbrel has until Nov. 12 to accept or decline the one-year, $17.9 million offer. If he declines, which is expected, the Red Sox would receive a compensatory draft pick after the fourth round if he signs with another team.
Diamondbacks lefthander Patrick Corbin and outfielder A.J. Pollock, Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, Astros lefthander Dallas Keuchel, and Dodgers lefthander Hyun-Jin Ryu also received offers.