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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

The Red Sox have to do something to pay their domestic stars

If the Red Sox are going to retain either xander bogarts either Raphael Divers For the long term, they will have to pay far more than what is being reported.

A new story by John Heyman in the New York Post sheds light on why the Bogarts were audibly upset when speaking to reporters about the status of their contract. According to Heyman, the Red Sox’s offer was to add a year to Bogarts’ existing deal — $60 million in 2022-24 — for another $30 million, bringing his total contract with Boston to $90 million. The Bogarts’ camp, led by agent Scott Boras, did not immediately counter-offer, but would have returned with a deal worth at least $100 million more than that.

Heyman says a “friend” of Bogarts described the Red Sox’s offer as a “slap in the face.”

Meanwhile, Devers is reportedly looking for “an ultra-long deal that would have made them the ‘Red Sox for life’,” but the team prefers a “half-life deal.” Heyman is reporting a difference (if not more) of $100 million in total money between the Red Sox and the two players.

It makes sense that the team would not accept whatever mega-deal Bora demands in front of the Bogarts, or move on with 12 years and $400-plus million for Devers. But if the figures for his proposal for Bogarts are accurate, they Huh Pulling a Will Smith. And they’re doing it on the current face of the franchise.

Bogarts may exit after 2022. It’s hard to see how he wouldn’t, provided he stays healthy and produces at his typical All-Star level. A still excellent Bogaerts should easily find a deal in a range of other premium shortstops around baseball. Carlos Correa recently signed on for three years with the twins for $31.5 million a year. At long last, Francisco Lindor signed with the Mets for 10 years and $341 million, while Corey Seeger signed a 10-year, $325 million deal with the Rangers.

The latter two contracts are apparently the kind of deal Devers wants to reach. In the case of Bogaerts, something between the Correa and Lindor/Seager deals doesn’t seem like much of a ask for a cornerstone of a franchise that has spent his entire career within the Red Sox organization. If it’s not the player they want to make the “Red Sox for life”, who is?

Bogarts and Devers have a long way to go with the contract conditions, especially since it doesn’t look like there will be much negotiation during the 2022 season. But it’s going to take a lot of movement from the Red Sox to turn it back in a positive direction.

Matt Dolloff is the author and podcaster of 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of 98.5 Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any of its subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question or comment for Matt? shout at him on twitter @mattdolloff And follow her on Instagram @realmattdolloff. You can also email him at [email protected]


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