LAS VEGAS — The Red Sox are in active talks with homegrown stars Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts, but sources suggest there’s a lot of work to do to get either of them to a deal.
The feeling is that their chances at the moment are a bit better of getting a deal with Devers, but sources say they remain ‘oceans apart’ even in these talks.
The Red Sox have reportedly offered Devers little more than Austin Riley’s $212 million contract with the Braves, but he’s looking for a lot more than that. He has the most extra hits in baseball over the past four years, is second in total bases behind Freddie Freeman by two, is also second in American League RBIs to Jose Abreu and third in AL homers. to Aaron. Judge and Marcus Semien.
Also important: Devers, who is seeking more than $300 million, is only a year away from free agency.
The word is, Devers is willing to be patient, which should come as no surprise since he holds much, if not all, of the leverage. A source thought he might even wait to see what happens with his good friend and longtime Red Sox teammate Xander Bogaerts. Perhaps to complicate matters, talks with Bogaerts looked even less promising at the time.
The pressure would appear to be on Boston, who finished last in the tough AL East last season after reaching the playoffs in 2021. Fans were apoplectic when the Red Sox traded superstar Mookie Betts in February 2020 after he failed to reach a deal with him, and presumably they don’t want to see two more local stars leave.
It was said that Bogaerts wasn’t too thrilled that the Red Sox only offered him one more year of spring training on top of the $60 million over three years that remained on his contract, in a bid to prevent him from withdrawing, which he has now done. . Boston is said to have made some overtures on Bogaerts recently, but apparently nothing that moved him.
He is one of the big four shortstops in the market, along with Carlos Correa, Trea Turner and Dansby Swanson. He’s also in a great position given his defensive improvements this year and a market that may hold nine or more teams looking for a shortstop. Other teams include the Cubs, Giants, Mariners, Cardinals and Phillies.
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