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Thursday, October 27, 2022

The risk, reward of paying a player like Rafael Devers

From a business perspective, Devers’ presence at Fenway Park would duplicate the kind of following Harper represents at Citizens Bank Park. Shirts. Tickets. Buzz. That all factors into any financial commmitment.

There is also optimism that the other nine players participating with Devers every night throughout the meat and potatoes of what figures to be a long-term relationship….

“Right now on Raffy, we are in a different position as an organization where I think our talent base — the young talent in the organization — is in a much better spot, and we are not committed in the same way financially to as many players as we were (heading into 2020),” Bloom said. “So, I can’t give a guarantee still based on that, obviously, but part of what we have been trying to do is put the organization in a position where we wouldn’t be backed into that corner.”

The Angels. The Rangers. Perhaps the Tigers. All represent cautionary tales.

Devers? Locking him up wouldn’t seem reactionary or desperate. Just smart. The kind of smart the Phillies are currently basking in.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2022 at 10:29 AM | 17 comment(s)
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Monday, July 18, 2022

Details On Spring Extension Talks Between Red Sox, Rafael Devers

Prior to the start of the season, the Red Sox and third baseman Rafael Devers engaged in some extension talks that didn’t yield much progress, as the two sides were reportedly around $100MM apart in their floated prices.  Some more details on the negotiations were shared by The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, who reports that the Sox viewed Matt Olson’s extension with the Braves as a possible model for a Devers deal.

Olson signed his eight-year, $168MM extension (with a $20MM club option for 2030) just a day after Atlanta landed the first baseman in a blockbuster trade with the Athletics.  Both Devers and Olson are in the same service-time class, and were under control through the 2023 via a final year of arbitration eligibility.  Back in April, MLBTR’s Anthony Franco looked at Devers through the lens of the Olson extension, but also made the point that “obviously, Olson and Devers don’t make for an apples-to-apples comparison.”

From Boston’s perspective, eight years and $168MM had been established as the market rate for a star first baseman, and Speier writes that the Sox were looking for an extension in that range “citing the likelihood that Devers would spend much of the contract either at first base or designated hitter.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2022 at 11:02 PM | 10 comment(s)
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