Red Sox

Hot Stove Lunch: Is Matt Barnes the Red Sox choice to close games?

(Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Spring training kicks off next week and the Red Sox have yet to sign -- or, for that matter, identify -- a closer for 2019.

The longer this goes on, the more signs point to Matt Barnes being the choice.

Barnes and Ryan Brasier have been named as possibilities throughout the winter by Dave Dombrowski, who repeatedly has said he doesn't expect a "big expenditure'' for the closer's spot.