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Friday, December 02, 2022

Sources: Red Sox, reliever Chris Martin agree to 2-year, $17.5M deal

The Boston Red Sox are in agreement on a two-year, $17.5 million deal with right-handed reliever Chris Martin, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Friday.

The contract is pending a physical, sources said.

Martin, 36, was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers in a midseason trade with the Cubs. He closed the season strong for L.A., going 3-1 with a 1.46 ERA across 24⅔ innings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2022 at 04:51 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: chris martin, red sox

Thursday, November 17, 2022

MLB Rumors: Red Sox ‘sweetened offers’ to Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers - NBC Sports Boston

Ownership doesn’t have a good track record of retaining its own players. They spend money yet still seem too interested in making team-friendly deals.

The handling of Mookie Betts broke me.

Kennedy acknowledges that actions speak louder than words, but he assures the organization has been active in contract talks with a number of players, including their own.

“Coming out of [last week’s] GM meetings, I can tell you that we have been very proactive, though I know people don’t want to hear about how aggressive we’ve been, because it doesn’t mean anything until there’s something to announce,” Kennedy told Silverman.

“But I can tell you that we’ve made offers to several players, including our own players. And we’re cautiously optimistic that things are going to start moving here.”

jimfurtado Posted: November 17, 2022 at 09:33 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Red Sox Rumors: Boston ‘High On The List’ For Star Free Agent

He will be 36 in January. Consider me unenthused.

Of course, I’m not willing to pay $30 a month for NESN so I only watch a game or two a year now. That’s after watching around 100 games on TV and another ten at Fenway for years and years. I get it, though, the Red Sox don’t need fans like me.

Boston is going to be “high on the list” of potential landing spots for José Abreu, as reported by Bruce Levine on a recent episode of the “Inside the Clubhouse” podcast (h/t MassLive). Other realistic options for the longtime Chicago White Sox first baseman reportedly are the Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins and World Series champion Houston Astros.

“When you talk about the Boston Red Sox, when you talk about the Houston Astros, when you talk about Miami, those are real fits for Abreu,” Levine said, as transcribed by MassLive’s Christopher Smith.

jimfurtado Posted: November 13, 2022 at 10:51 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, red sox

Monday, October 24, 2022

On The Whole Dombrowski Situation

I know that last part because, well, Dombrowski is in Philadelphia now. But I also know that last part because that’s the exact road he’s continued down since taking over the Phillies. In his three years since taking over the team, Dombrowski has given out the following contracts:

Kyle Gibson (34 years old when he signed): 3 years, $28 million

Kyle Schwarber (29): four years, $79 million

Zack Wheeler (30): 5 years, $118 million

Nick Castellanos (30): 5 years, $100 million

JT Realmuto (30): 5 years, $115 million

Noah Syndergaard (30): 1 years, $21 million

That’s five contracts of three years or more, all for players in their 30s. That’s about $450 million in total dollars. That’s in just three years….

Right now the Phillies are riding high, and good for them. They’re in their ‘2018 Red Sox’ phase. Everything came together. Most of their big money signings have been good and healthy. They’re winning playoff games, and Phillies fans are climbing up flag poles in Center City and screaming swear words. Things are good.

Next year they’re going to have a $180 million payroll before they pay any of their non-guaranteed and non-arbitration players, and before they add anyone in free agency. Oh, and their farm system was ranked 24th by Baseball Prospectus this past season. Next year their team will be older and more expensive than it was this year, and that’ll likely be true again in 2024. At a certain point you damn the torpedoes and keep signing progressively more expensive free agents, or you pay the piper.

We in Boston have seen this before. It’s fun now, sure, but nothing is ever free.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 24, 2022 at 04:41 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, phillies, red sox

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Eric Hosmer Gained Full No-Trade Rights With Deal To Red Sox

Hosmer still has three years and $39MM remaining on that deal, as he’ll certainly bypass the chance to opt out and retest free agency this winter. For the next trio of seasons, he’ll also have complete no-trade protection. Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that Hosmer’s contract contains a stipulation that he’d receive a full no-trade clause if San Diego traded him. The move to Boston triggered that provision, giving Hosmer control over any future movement.

While it was hard for the Padres to find a taker for the 12-year veteran on his $144MM deal, a trade from Boston isn’t difficult to envision. With the Red Sox not responsible for any notable chunk of money, they could market Hosmer to other teams for virtually no financial penalty. Boston still would not receive an immense return in that scenario, but he’d be a plausible buy-low candidate for a team seeking a left-handed bat.

Hosmer hit .268/.334/.382 across 419 plate appearances this season. While he was actually far better against left-handed pitching than righties in a small sample this year, he has more typical platoon splits over a multi-year span. Dating back to the start of 2020, he owns a .270/.346/.414 line while holding the platoon advantage. With San Diego on the hook for the salary, Hosmer’s solid bat against right-handed pitching and strong clubhouse reputation could have some appeal on the trade market.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 13, 2022 at 05:53 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, red sox

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

David Price to Retire After 2022 Season

I am not sure why I feel sad for David Price and his >$270 million in career earnings,  but somehow I do. A great career, with a lot of outstanding seasons, but still the sense that there could have been something more.

jobu Posted: September 20, 2022 at 02:56 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, dodgers, rays, red sox, tigers

Monday, September 05, 2022

Sources: Boston Red Sox reach 1-year, $10 million extension with Enrique Hernandez

Center fielder Enrique Hernández and the Boston Red Sox agreed on a one-year, $10 million contract extension Monday, keeping the 31-year-old in the city where he starred in the 2021 postseason, sources told ESPN.

A hip-flexor injury sidelined Hernández for more than two months this season and contributed to his struggles on the field after his career year in 2021. Hernández is batting .219 with a .637 OPS and has only six home runs in more than 300 plate appearances in the final season of a two-year, $14 million contract.

Hernández was due to hit free agency this winter and was coming off a season in which he hit .250/.337/.449, played elite defense in center field and compiled 4.9 Baseball-Reference wins above replacement (and 4.1 from FanGraphs).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 05, 2022 at 11:52 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: enrique hernandez, red sox

Sunday, September 04, 2022

Boston Red Sox call up top prospect Triston Casas, plan to play 1B ‘almost every day’

The Boston Red Sox brought up one of their top prospects Sunday, promoting first baseman Triston Casas from Triple-A Worcester for the series finale against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park.

The 6-foot-4, 22-year-old has played 284 games in the minors, batting .269 with 46 homers and 181 RBIs.

“He’s going to play almost every day,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “We’ll get to know him on a daily basis and see what he’s all about. Obviously, the player we like.”

The left-handed hitting Casas will play first and bat sixth.

“From everything I hear, the situation will call to do something and he’ll do it,” Cora said. “He’ll put the ball in play with a runner on third and less than two outs with how much power he has. I’m excited he’s here.”

Casas was listed as the No. 46 prospect in the minor leagues by ESPN before the season and the No. 3 Red Sox prospect in an August update of the rankings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2022 at 04:42 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, triston casas

Monday, August 29, 2022

Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy ‘very comfortable saying’ Chaim Bloom, Alex Cora will be back next season

Despite what has thus far been a forgettable 2022 season for the Boston Red Sox, the team has no plans to move on from chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom or manager Alex Cora, according to team president and CEO Sam Kennedy.

“I am very comfortable saying Chaim and Alex will be back,” Kennedy told The Athletic on Monday. “And I am very comfortable saying there is a strong belief in the direction of the franchise from our ownership group. That direction is continuing to build for the future, but also continuing to invest at the major-league level.”

At 62-66 entering play Monday night, the Red Sox find their playoff hopes fading. They currently reside at the bottom of the AL East—5½ games behind the rebuilding Baltimore Orioles—and seven games back of the second wild-card slot.

“We’re all incredibly disappointed in how the season has unfolded,” Kennedy said. “It’s certainly not where we thought we would be when we came into camp. We had a magical 2021 year where we were two games from the World Series. We went out and added to what was an incredibly talented group with Trevor Story. We were very optimistic about our chances and where we were headed and incredibly excited that our baseball operations group had just done a fantastic job of building for the future at the same time.

“To be looking up at the American League East at this point of the year is painful and frustrating. And frankly we deserve the criticism we’re getting. We’ve got to own that. It’s on us. But we’ve been around here a long time and we’re prepared to turn things around quickly here as we head into ‘23.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 29, 2022 at 10:50 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Pete Abraham on Twitter: “Here is the 2023 schedule”

The Red Sox are playing 42 interleague games next year. What’s the point of divisions and leagues at this point?

jimfurtado Posted: August 25, 2022 at 07:41 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, schedule

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Tommy Pham continues hot start to Boston Red Sox career with dramatic walk-off: ‘We don’t get paid for overtime,’ he says

As Tommy Pham stepped to the plate in the 10th inning against reliever Lou Trivino, his mindset was simple. He had enjoyed his first taste of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry but wanted the game to be over.

So Pham, who was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts before the 10th, laced a hard grounder down the third-base line, plating automatic runner Christian Arroyo and giving the Red Sox a 3-2 walk-off win over their first-place rivals. Mission accomplished.

“End it. We don’t get paid for overtime,” Pham told NESN’s Jahmai Webster when asked about his mindset in the 10th. “End it.”

Pham’s third career walk-off hit capped off a dramatic victory for the Red Sox, who trailed all game until Yankees closer Clay Holmes walked two batters to lead off the ninth and J.D. Martinez tied the game with an RBI single up the middle. In the 10th, Arroyo advanced to third when Jaylin Davis tapped out to Trivino then failed to score when Reese McGuire bunted on his own for a hit. With one out, Pham got a 2-0 sinker and shot it 101.7 mph by the third base bag to clinch the win.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2022 at 12:27 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, tommy pham

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Boston Red Sox sign Jeurys Familia to minor league deal; ex-Mets closer had 6.09 ERA with Phillies this year

The Red Sox have signed veteran reliever Jeurys Familia to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Worcester, as first reported by Joe McDonald of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette.

Familia was designated for assignment and subsequently released by the Phillies last week after posting a 6.09 ERA in 38 games out of Philadelphia’s bullpen this season. The ex-Mets closer signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Phillies in March but struggled for most of the season, including posting a 7.71 ERA since May 13. The 32-year-old posted a career-high WHIP of 1.853 and allowed plenty of hits (48 in 34 innings), including six homers. Statcast suggests that his poor numbers are not a fluke, either, as he ranks in the bottom percentile in hard-hit rate among major league pitchers this season and in the 11th percentile in barrel rate.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 09, 2022 at 06:28 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: jeurys familia, red sox

Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale fractures wrist riding bike, is out for 2022 season

Chris Sale had surgery on his right wrist after fracturing it while riding a bike on Saturday, the Red Sox announced.

He will miss the rest of the 2022 season.

Sale is expected to make a full recovery, and be ready for spring training leading up to the 2023 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 09, 2022 at 10:45 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

Monday, August 08, 2022

Jarren Duran misplays two fly balls, shouts at fans in Red Sox vs. Royals game

Jarren Duran is having a tough time in center field lately.

It all started when the Boston Red Sox outfielder was criticized for his lack of effort on a fly ball during a July game against the Toronto Blue Jays. What should have been an easy out turned into a wild inside-the-park grand slam.

Duran’s issues continued Sunday in Kansas City, where the Red Sox lost 13-5 and dropped three of four games to the last-place Royals.

Duran had a crazy seventh inning. He misplayed two fly balls. The first miscue appeared to be the result of losing the ball in the sun, which, in fairness, was pretty bright in Kansas City on Sunday. The second was a tougher play, but still one that a major league outfielder should come up with….


Duran at one point got into a verbal back-and-forth with Royals fans who presumably were heckling him, and Red Sox right fielder Alex Verdugo came over to hold back Duran and get him to focus on the game.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 08, 2022 at 06:40 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jarren duran, red sox

Friday, August 05, 2022

Boston Red Sox release outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Boston Red Sox released outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on Thursday.

Bradley, 32, rejoined the Red Sox after the team acquired the outfielder and two minor leaguers in a December 2021 trade with the Milwaukee Brewers, giving up slugger Hunter Renfroe.

He was hitting .210 with three home runs and 29 RBIs in 92 games for the Red Sox while making $9.5 million this season.

“We were hoping, offensively, it was going to be a lot better than last year,” manager Alex Cora said. “He had some stretches at home that were good. Obviously, he struggled toward the end. We weren’t able to get him to be consistent hitting the ball the other way. This year, there weren’t too many strikeouts. But toward the end, there were a lot of ground balls to the pull side. Offensively, it just didn’t work out.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2022 at 10:09 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie bradley, jr., red sox

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

MLB Insider Puzzled By Red Sox Acquiring Eric Hosmer From Padres

I see some Red Sox fans applauding the pick-up of Hosmer. These are people who only pay cursory attention to other teams. The Padres are reportedly paying all of Hosmer’s contract except for the minimum. I suspect the account is exaggerated. I doubt the Padres would have also included two marginal prospects to just save the minimum salary when they could have just released Hosmer. Nevertheless, a team doesn’t pay most of a player’s remaining salary and find such little interest in a player with value.

Hosmer will be a disappointment to Red Sox fans and will be released by the Red Sox before next season.

jimfurtado Posted: August 03, 2022 at 09:18 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, padres, red sox

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

San Diego Padres to trade Eric Hosmer to Boston Red Sox, sources confirm

San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer, who earlier rejected a trade to the Washington Nationals as part of the Juan Soto deal, is now heading to the Boston Red Sox, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.

As part of the deal, San Diego will be paying down a significant portion of the approximately $44 million remaining on Hosmer’s contract to the Red Sox, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Sources told ESPN earlier Tuesday that Hosmer was to be part of the Padres’ package to acquire Soto and Josh Bell from the Washington Nationals, but Hosmer, as part of his contract, refused to remove Washington from his no-trade list

Hosmer, 32, is hitting .272 with 8 home runs and 40 RBIs this season. He agreed to a $144 million, eight-year deal with San Diego before the 2018 season, and he is owed about $7 million for the rest of this season and $13 million annually from 2023 to 2025.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2022 at 03:02 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, padres, red sox

Monday, August 01, 2022

White Sox acquire left-hander Jake Diekman from Red Sox for catcher Reese McGuire

The White Sox acquired veteran left-hander Jake Diekman from the Red Sox in exchange for catcher Reese McGuire and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Diekman, 35, is 5-1 with a 4.23 ERA, 51 strikeouts and 30 walks allowed over a team-high 44 appearances covering 38 1/3 innings this season.

The Red Sox were looking to shed salary and the White Sox, who were carrying three catchers with Yasmani Grandal, McGuire and Seby Zavala, filled a need having just one lefty — rookie Tanner Banks — in their bullpen.

Diekman’s contract includes salaries of $3.5 million this season and next, with a club option for $4 million in 2024.

Diekman is 25-26 with a 3.77 ERA and 15 saves over 11 major-league seasons with Philadelphia (2012-15), Texas (2015-18), Arizona (2018), Kansas City (2019), Oakland (2019-21) and the Red Sox (2022). He leads all active lefties in holds and ranks fourth in appearances.

McGuire, 27, is batting .225/.261/.285 and was arguably the Sox’ best defensive catcher. This was his first with the Sox, who traded catcher Zack Collins for McGuire at the end of spring training.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2022 at 08:05 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jake diekman, red sox, reese mcguire, white sox

Boston Red Sox finalizing trade for Tommy Pham of Cincinnati Reds, sources say

The Boston Red Sox are finalizing a deal to acquire outfielder Tommy Pham from the Cincinnati Reds, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Monday

It wasn’t immediately known the full extent of the trade package.

News of Pham’s addition came shortly after Boston agreed to send longtime catcher Christian Vazquez to the Houston Astros.

Whether the Red Sox would be a buyer or seller before Tuesday’s trade deadline had been one of the biggest question marks in baseball. Boston has struggled since the All-Star break, dropping to 51-52 and into last place in the AL East. However, it’s just 3.5 games behind the final AL wild card spot entering Monday night’s play.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2022 at 07:17 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, reds, tommy pham

Astros to add backstop depth in deal for Christian Vázquez

The Astros are adding backstop depth ahead of the Trade Deadline, agreeing to a deal with the Red Sox for catcher Christian Vázquez on Monday, a source told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. The clubs have not confirmed the move.

This is the second move Houston made in the span of a few hours, first dealing for Orioles 1B/DH Trey Mancini.

Vázquez is a surehanded catcher who can provide offensive production as well, and he won a World Series with Boston in 2018. He’s slashing .282/.327/.432 this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2022 at 06:54 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, christian vazquez, red sox

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Red Sox open to dealing these veterans at trade deadline

Boston is “listening” to trade offers involving their veteran players, with designated hitter J.D. Martinez, catcher Christian Vazquez and pitcher Nathan Eovaldi among the candidates to be moved ahead of Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline, the New York Post’s Jon Heyman reported Saturday night.

Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom insisted Tuesday that his club is “trying to make the postseason” and declined to label the Red Sox as buyers or sellers at the deadline. But as Boston continues its tailspin—the team is 5-17 since July 5 and now sits 4.5 games out of a wild card spot—selling seems like the best course of action.

Martinez, Vazquez and Eovaldi all are set to hit unrestricted free agency this offseason, so it makes sense for the Red Sox to seek some return for each player. It appears they have suitors, as well: The New York Mets reportedly have shown interest in Martinez and Vazquez (even sending a scout to Fenway Park on Friday night) while the Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly are eyeing Martinez as well.

The Mets are a team to watch closely, as the Red Sox have shown past interest in New York infield prospect Mark Vientos, per SNY’s Andy Martino.

Boston assured shortstop Xander Bogaerts he won’t be traded before Tuesday, while fellow All-Star Rafael Devers likely is staying as well.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2022 at 10:47 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Friday, July 22, 2022

Blue Jays score franchise-record 28 runs after Red Sox blunder leads to inside-the-park grand slam

The Boston Red Sox saw what should have been a simple flyout turn into bedlam on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays, when center fielder Jarren Duran responded to a fly ball from Raimel Tapia with the kind of confused stare fans dread to see. Things would only get worse from there, on both the play and the game.

Tapia’s ball was so clearly an out that Tapia paused to hang his head before jogging toward first base, but Duran appeared to completely lose it in the lights. As he tentatively shuffled forward, Duran could only look back and see the ball land at the warning track behind him.

Duran didn’t even bother running to the wall to get the ball, as left fielder Alex Verdugo was already running to corral the ball. Unfortunately, the misplay gave the speedy Tapia enough time for an inside-the-park grand slam.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 22, 2022 at 11:30 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, red sox

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Pablo Sandoval has severe Red Sox regret, and it’s well-earned

In a recent interview, Sandoval told Joseph Bien-Kahn of GQ that he wishes he never signed with the Red Sox and that he should’ve stayed with the San Francisco Giants.

I should have stayed with San Francisco. I know. I learned my lesson. But I’m happy I went through it, man, because I kept my eyes open and learned a lot of things”.

At the time of his signing in Boston, Sandoval was well on his way to becoming one of the most popular and well-liked players in Giants history. He had made two All-Star Games, finished in the top-17 of the NL MVP voting twice, and been a part of three World Series winning teams. He played the game with a ton of energy and seemed to always be having fun.

Then he left.

In November of 2014, Sandoval shocked the baseball world by signing a contract with the Red Sox. It was a five-year, $90MM contract that came with a team option for a sixth season. At the time, the contract seemed like one that could pay off nicely for the Sox as the switch-hitting corner infielder was coming off of a season in which he hit .279 with 16 home runs and an OPS+ of 111.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2022 at 03:43 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Boston among teams interested in Mets first baseman Dominic Smith

The Red Sox are among the teams that have discussed first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith in trade talks with the Mets, according to a report from FanSided’s Robert Murray.

Smith, 27, has yo-yoed between Triple-A and the majors this year, appearing in 58 games for New York and 15 for Triple-A Syracuse. In the majors, the lefty swinger owns a .194 average with zero homers, 17 RBIs and .560 OPS in 152 plate appearances. He’s having a down year after also struggling in 2021 but is just two years removed from an excellent 2020 (.316 average, .993 OPS in 50 games). He also had a good offensive season in 2019 (.282, .881 OPS in 89 games).


Smith has split his time in the majors between first base (187 games) and left field (182 games) but has not played the outfield in the majors this year. He has lost favor with the Mets, who have Pete Alonso at first base, Mark Canha in left and J.D. Davis in the designated hitter role this season. Smith is a change-of-scenery candidate who is under team control through 2024.

It’s no secret why the Red Sox are looking at adding a first baseman. In the first half of the season, Boston’s first basemen rank last in the majors in OPS (.604), 29th in average (.209) and 28th in homers (seven). The platoon of Bobby Dalbec and Franchy Cordero hasn’t cut it and Triston Casas has missed months with an ankle injury, leading chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom to consider moves at the position.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2022 at 11:16 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dominic smith, mets, red sox

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

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