Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox Remain in Contract Disputes Before Season Start

NEW YORK – Due to the fact that Xander Bagherts is going to give up his contract after 2022, the question of whether he will return to the Boston Red Sox next year, hangs over the season of the team. Asked on Thursday whether he expects to agree with the Red Sox to extend his contract until the start of the season on Friday, Bogaerts did not warn.

“No,” said Bagherts. “No.”

Boston offered Baghert an extension in the off-season, but the 29-year-old turned down the offer. According to sources in the team, Bogaerts asked for a contract that paid him according to the highest paid short stops in the game: Carlos Correa (who earns $ 35.1 million in Minnesota Twins), Francisco Lindar (who earns $ 34.1 million in The New York Mets) and Corey Seeger (who earns $ 33 million in Texas Rangers).

The Red Sox refused to comply with this request.

“There’s nothing I can do about it now,” Bagherts said in a subdued tone. “I have a season ahead of me. I don’t want to distract my teammates that way. They don’t deserve it. We had time to do something. It didn’t work out.”

Since becoming one of the game’s top prospects, Bagherts has repeatedly expressed a desire to stay with the Red Sox throughout his career, which began when Boston discovered him and his twin brother Jairus in Aruba at 16 years old. This desire to remain a Red Sox player for life is what motivated him to sign a six-year, $ 120 million contract at the start of the 2019 season, giving up a free agency despite hiring a Scott Boras agent who became famous for maximizing wages. players. on the open market.

But in the media conference room at Yankee Bogaerts Stadium, he seemed to have come to terms with the fact that he and the Red Sox would not meet with his contract before Friday’s season opener.

After the 2022 season, a lot of money goes out of Boston’s salary, and all the appointed strikers JD Martinez, Kike Hernandez and Nathan Evaldi have to go public. According to sources in the Red Sox front office, the team’s main priority is to re-sign a contract with Rafael Devers, which makes it more important to preserve the offensive talent of the 25-year-old third man from the outcome before saving Bohaerts, who turns 30. October.

Asked about Bohaerts’ future in Boston, a front office official said the team remained open to the return of current Red Sox leader, but also said that if Bohaerts had a strong 2022 season, it would raise his price by open market even more, it would reduce the chances of him signing the Red Sox.

“We are not trying to sign 10-year contracts for big money, because these contracts are mostly not obtained by teams,” said the front office.

The impending contract situation with Bogaerts has affected Boston’s front office in its off-season. Initially, the team named Cory Sieger its main goal as a free agent, before his contract negotiations went beyond what the team felt comfortable for the player, according to team sources. Seeger has signed a 10-year, $ 325 million contract with Rangers.

As Seeger goes out of his price range, Boston has targeted the Trevor Story. The Red Sox have signed Story a six-year, $ 140 million contract this offseason after a friend’s office identified the former Colorado Rockies infiltrator as one of the most underrated players in the open market with the belief that other teams overestimated the impact of the transition. further from Coors Field on the future offensive production Story. The team also predicted that the Story spray table would be well transferred to Fenway Park and the Eastern American League, especially on the short porch from the right field at Yankee Stadium.

The team signed Story Content with the idea that he would play at second base throughout the contract if Bogaerts stays in Boston, but felt comfortable if he was returned to short stop when Bogaerts left.

The signing of Story was the first signing of a free agent with long-term financial investments during his time on the team of Chief Baseball Officer Jaime Bloom. According to sources on Red Sox baseball operations, a wave of discontent was growing in some parts of the friend’s office due to Bloom’s lack of willingness to invest significant sums of money in a free agency. The signing of the Story calmed any tensions in the front offices over the willingness of baseball operations management to invest in star players, sources said.

Since Boston has been involved with Bloom to run the baseball operations department, the team has shown a reluctance to spend large sums of money over long periods of time for a single player. This philosophy of baseball operations led to the team’s decision to exchange Muki Bates, who signed a 12-year contract for $ 365 million after being sold to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Critics of Boston media and fans have disparagingly called Bloom’s Red Sox Tampa Bay East, citing the Rays ’reluctance to invest significant sums of money during Bloom’s work with the team from 2005 to 2019.

But, according to sources from the front office, the Red Sox are considering making Devers an exception to that philosophy. Because of Devers ’youth compared to Bogaerts, the team sees a longer-term investment as a safer bet.

The 25-year-old is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2023 season, and the team is weighing the cost-benefit analysis of signing a long-term contract with a third baseman who will pay him along the richest third in the game base, including Manny Machada, who signed a 10-year, $ 300 million contract with San Diego; Nolan Arenada, who signed an eight-year $ 260 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals; and Anthony Randon, who signed a seven-year, $ 245 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

At a spring training session, Devers said he and his agent talked to the team about an extension, but the parties could not agree.

“I have another year,” Devers said through translator Carlos Vilori-Benites. “I have this and next year. And I’m ready to play with Boston, with the Red Sox. We’re not going to talk about that [more] this spring. Let’s see how this season will go. “

On Thursday, Devers ’tone contrasted sharply with Bogaerts.

“It didn’t work,” Baghertz said shortly. – Let’s see where it goes.

And as the days go by, the future of Bohaerts seems to be going less and less in Boston.

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