Boston seeks an extension contract for $17.5 million renewal of the FA fielder’s biggest fish.
Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers, who is considered the biggest fielder in the FA market at the end of this year, agreed to renew his contract.
Boston announced on the 4th (Korea Standard Time), “Our club has agreed to renew our salary in 2023 without the salary adjustment process with third baseman Rafael Devers.”
MLB.com said, ‘The terms of the contract are $17.5 million a year, and Boston still hopes to continue negotiations with Devers on an extension. Devers will become an FA after this season,’ he said. Devers earned $11.2 million in annual salary last year. The rate of increase is 56.25 percent.
In the FA market, which will open right after this year’s World Series, Devers is considered the “Big Three” along with LA Angels’ Ohtani Shohei and San Diego Padres’ Manny Machado. Machado becomes FA if he exercises an opt-out.
In the FA market, shortstop Xander Bogartz signed an 11-year $280 million contract with the San Diego Padres and transferred, weakening Boston’s infield power. For this reason, Devers must be caught, but the obligation to tie it up with a long-term contract before becoming an FA is strongly felt within the Boston club.
Boston’s team performance has been on the decline since winning the 2018 World Series as major players have been transferred or struggling with injuries. As a result, he fell to the bottom of the American League East with 78 wins and 84 losses last year. It ranked last twice in the last four years, including 2020.
In early 2020, Mookie Betts was traded to the LA Dodgers, and ace Chris Sale suffered frequent injuries. There are many departures this winter. Bogartz, JD Martinez, Nathan Ivaldi, Rich Hill and Matt Stram left the team under FA contracts, while catcher Christian Vazquez was traded to Houston last summer.
However, last winter’s Trevor Story, this winter’s Japanese outfielder Yoshida. Masataka and infielder and designated hitter Justin Turner were recruited to minimize power leaks 토토사이트
Devers, a native of the Dominican Republic, made his major league debut in 2017 and continued his growth as Boston’s starting third baseman. Last season, he played in 141 games, batting .295, 27 home runs, 88 RBIs, 84 runs scored, and 0.879 OPS. He was selected as an All-Star in 2021 and last year in a row, and in particular, in 2021, he hit a batting average of 0.279, 38 home runs, and 113 RBIs to become a silver slugger.
He is highly regarded for his powerful hitting and clutch ability. He was born in October 1996 and is only 27 years old at the end of this year.
It is expected that a total of $300 million contract will be possible depending on the performance of this season.