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Craig Kimbrel declines qualifying offer from Red Sox

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In what was seen as merely a formality, closer Craig Kimbrel rejected the Red Sox qualifying offer worth $17.9 million by the 5 p.m. Monday deadline.

The move doesn't preclude Kimbrel from re-signing with the Red Sox as a free agent, but does ensure that if he leaves and signs elsewhere, the Red Sox will received a draft pick after the fourth round in next June's amateur draft.