Thursday, January 26, 2023

Red Sox reach settlement with Devers, avoid arbitration

BOSTON ( Associated Press) – The Boston Red Sox have signed two-time star Rafael Devers to a one-year deal and avoided arbitration.

The contract is worth $17.5 million, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not disclose the terms of the contract.

The 26-year-old third baseman, who made $11.2 million last season, will remain on the roster for at least one more season in his final year of arbitration eligibility before becoming a free agent.

Boston will remain a key player last season after shortstop Xander Bogaerts, slugger JD Martinez and pitcher Nathan Eovaldi left in free agency.

The best acquisition for the Red Sox this offseason was Japanese star Masataka Yoshida for $5.90 million.

There are six other unsigned Red Sox players eligible for arbitration: Christian Arroyo, Ryan Brasier, Reese McGuire, Nick Pivetta, Josh Taylor and Alex Verdugo.

Devers was the starting third baseman for the American League in the 2021 and 2022 All-Star Games. In 141 games last season, he hit .295 with 42 doubles, 27 home runs and 88 RBI.

The Red Sox are trying to bounce back from a rocky 2022 season in which they fell to 78-84 and finished last in the AL East a year after winning 92 games and clinching a wild card playoff spot and play in the AL East. terminated. .American League Championship.

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