Heading into this season, one of the biggest concerns for the Red Sox was not their on-field production, but rather how they would handle Xander Bogaerts’ impending free agency. After locking up Chris Sale, Bogaerts seemed to be the odd man out and would likely be leaving town once the season was over.
Well, John Henry and company said “Fuck that, we want our shortstop forever”, and got the deal done.
Yup, the Red Sox and SS Xander Bogaerts have agreed to a six-year, $120 million contract extension, with a seventh year vesting option.
So much for not having enough money to pay for all the young players. Suck it, Cubs ownership.
Bogaerts is undeniably one of the best shortstops in all of baseball, hitting .284 with a .773 OPS since his first full season in 2014, and is coming off of his best season to date, hitting .288 with 23 home runs and 103 RBI’s. He’s right up there with Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, and Trevor Story as the best offensive shortstop in the sport right now. He’s a two-time all-star, a two time World Series champion, and earned a Silver Slugger in 2016.
With Sale, Price, and Eovaldi all locked up to cushy contracts, there’s only one more piece to the puzzle to sign long term. Yes, while everyone else on the Red Sox is getting paid out the ass, Mookie Betts is still only under contract until 2020, and it seems like the funds are growing sparser and sparser with every extension.
While this is undoubtedly a bargain and a half for the Red Sox, if it prohibits the Sox from being able to sign Mookie Betts, I hate every second of it. The team has already shown themselves to be stingy with money when it comes to Rick Porcello, who reportedly was willing to take a discount to stay with the team. I know I’m not alone when I say I want the Red Sox to re-sign everyone, but at some point, you can’t spend ALL the money. I hope this extension leaves some money for Mookie to get paid, as well.
Anyways, Xander Bogaerts paid, and I am happy about it.
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