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Boston Red Sox will discuss contract extensions during spring training; Rafael Devers, Eduardo Rodriguez among top candidates for long-term deals

The Red Sox are likely to discuss long-term contract extensions with some of their young players during spring training, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said Sunday. The club has already discussed some possibilities internally and plans to hold talks with players before Opening Day.

“I expect, as we get into that spring, that those conversations will pick up,” Bloom said. “Don’t know what it will lead to, obviously. If and when they do pick up, it’s not something we’re going to speak publicly about unless there’s something to report. This is a time when a lot of those things often happen so I would expect we’d at least have some conversations about it with some guys.”

Boston has plenty of extension candidates on its roster. Two key pitchers—Eduardo Rodriguez and Matt Barnes—are free agents after the season and both have previously expressed interest in signing new deals and the Red Sox have expressed their desire to lock up third baseman Rafael Devers, who is under contract through 2023. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who signed a six-year extension two years ago, can opt out after 2022, so Boston might want to lock him in by offering a new deal worth more than the $60 million he’s due to earn from 2023 to 2025.

Outfielder Alex Verdugo (controlled through 2024) and lefty Darwinzon Hernandez (controlled through 2025) haven’t reached arbitration yet, but the Red Sox are high on both players and could look to commit to them.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 21, 2021 at 08:36 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: February 21, 2021 at 11:27 PM (#6006161)
Not a particularly impressive list. ERod has been quite good when healthy but didn't pitch at all in 2020 and 2019 was his only season over 140 IP. Barnes has been a durable but mediocre reliever. Devers is still just 24 which is appealing and was big in 2019 but is only a bit above average for his career and apparently not too good at 3B. Verdugo is the guy who seems worth a longer-term buyout. (Of course it all comes down to years/$.)
   2. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: February 22, 2021 at 02:32 PM (#6006227)
Rodriguez and Devers would have to be pretty buy-low guys at this point wouldn't they? I mean, if the Sox can get an Ozzie Albies size deal, great, but Devers isn't all that far away from Andrew Benintendi and Rodriguez has had one healthy season, which he promptly followed with a heart issue due to COVID.
   3. villageidiom Posted: February 22, 2021 at 02:56 PM (#6006237)
Having witnessed the Reggie Lewis saga in Boston I really hope Rodriguez's COVID-related heart issue is not serious going forward.

I like the idea of buying out the arb years for Verdugo and Hernandez. I want nothing to do with a Matt Barnes contract extension.

   4. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: February 22, 2021 at 03:38 PM (#6006246)
I like Rodriguez but I'm not sure his heart is in it.

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