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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)
  Beats: rafael devers, red sox

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Boston Red Sox made Rafael Devers extension offer but deal unlikely before Opening Day as sides remain ‘very far off’

The Red Sox recently made an extension offer to star third baseman Rafael Devers but a deal is unlikely to come together before Opening Day, a baseball source said Wednesday afternoon. The sides were described as being “very far off” in negotiations.

Héctor Gómez of Z Deportes first reported the offer, noting that Devers rejected because “it was lower than he is willing to consider.” Devers has said he doesn’t want to talk about a long-term deal once the regular season begins; a source said it’s doubtful that further talks occur before Opening Day (Friday).

The latest developments jibe with Devers’ comments to The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier earlier this week.

“We had a conversation with the team,” Devers told Speier (through translator Carlos Villoria-Benítez). “We didn’t get to anything. But I still have one more year. I have this one and the next year. And I’m ready to play with Boston, with the Red Sox. We’re not going to talk about it [more] this spring. Let’s see how this season goes.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 06, 2022 at 06:16 PM | 6 comment(s)
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