Rafael Devers still doesn’t want ‘distraction’ from contract extensions

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“I know my worth.”

Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts of the Boston Red Sox. Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images

Red Sox star Rafael Devers maintained his stance of waiting until the end of the season to speak publicly about a new contract at the All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

“I don’t want to worry about that,” Devers said, per The Boston Globe. “That’s why, like I mentioned after spring training, I wasn’t going to talk about contract talks all season long because I don’t want that kind of distraction. That’s something what happens between the team and me.

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Still, Devers said the Red Sox’s preseason offer was “pretty similar” to the deal Braves first baseman Matt Olson received — eight years and $168 million.

“I know my worth,” Devers said. “I don’t want to be compared to anyone else, no matter what position. I am me, and that’s who I want to be compared to. I know what my worth is.

Devers also conceded the team is thinking about the trade deadline.

“We know we have to improve on the pitch,” Devers said, according to the World. “So if it’s through the trade deadline, fine, but we also know we’ve had injuries as well. So that’s something we’re constantly thinking about — how can we improve — and I know that [Sox officials] think about it too, and they will do what they think is best for the team.

Xander Bogaerts, meanwhile, doesn’t think a new contract will be agreed this season as it hasn’t been so far.

“At this point, we haven’t had [any conversations about a contract during the season]so I wouldn’t even think about it much,” Bogaerts said on Monday, according to the World. “If we haven’t had anything so far, I don’t suppose anything will happen because it hasn’t so far.”

Earlier this season, Bogaerts’ agent Scott Boras said he would speak to Bogaerts again with the Red Sox after the season. On Monday, however, Boras informed Alex Speier of the World that his ears “are always open”.

“I meet the owners a lot,” Boras said. “There’s nothing stopping them from talking to me or me talking to him.”


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