Two players could determine the fate of the Boston Red Sox for the foreseeable future.
It is not a secret that Xander Bogaerts will be opting out of his contract, forgoing the final three years and $60 million on his deal to enter free agency. Meanwhile, Rafael Devers is slated to be a free agent following the 2023 campaign, another key part of the lineup that could be leaving soon.
New hope for Boston Red Sox to keep cornerstone players
It also seemed inevitable that both Bogaerts and Devers would be leaving. The Red Sox had engaged in earlier attempts at extensions, only for their young players to end those conversations quickly as the offers were not close to what they were looking for.
But now there is hope. The Red Sox and Devers are reportedly meeting to discuss an extension at a dollar amount far above their previous discussions. They have also said that locking Bogaerts in with a long term extension is a priority before the offseason as well. In the latter case, the clock is ticking.
Normally, different contract negotiations would not mean much. Devers’ deal would not impact Bogaerts, and vice versa, especially as they are at two different positions. That may not be the case here. If the Red Sox are able to come to terms with either Devers or Bogaerts on an extension, it may be easier to keep the other.
At least, that is what the Red Sox have to hope for. The two players are close, their fates seemingly entwined. The thought is that if Bogaerts departs in free agency, Devers will as well, even if it is to a different team. However, if one of those players signs, the other could stay in town as well.
The Boston Red Sox are hoping to lock in Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts. If one signs, the other could follow shortly thereafter.