Red Sox To Sign Rafael Devers To 11-Year Extension
According to multiple reports, the Boston Red Sox are investing in their future by signing Rafael Devers to an 11-year contract extension worth 332 million dollars. This is a significant move for both the team and the young third baseman, as it cements Devers’ status as one of the core players of the Red Sox organization for years to come.
The 26-year-old infielder has already proven his talent on the field, boasting 139 home runs and 455 RBIs over five full seasons with the team. Let’s take a look at what this means for the franchise going forward.
Why Devers is a Great Signing For Boston
Rafael Devers is a 26-year-old all-star third baseman who has been with the organization since he was signed as an international free agent in 2013. Last season, Devers had a slash line of .295/.358/.521 with 27 home runs and 88 RBIs in a somewhat injury-plagued season. He also was named to his second All-Star Game last season.
In addition to his offensive prowess, Devers improved his defense at third base last season as he began to find consistency at the hot corner. Again, being so young, he still has room to improve and become even better in the future.
What Does This Mean For The Future?
With this contract extension, the Red Sox have locked up their most valuable players for years to come. Devers will be under contract through 2034, giving them a cornerstone player they can build their roster around. After losing two franchise players in Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts the past few off-seasons, it’s nice to finally have some certainty. Losing all three would have been cataclysmic for this loyal fanbase that pays the highest ticket prices in baseball.
I Don’t Think Its A Coincidence
You can have your own opinion, but I believe John Henry getting booed by the Fenway Park crowd during Tuesday’s Winter Classic got him to increase the Rafael Devers offer. Billionaires tend to live in their own world; finally seeing what’s happening around them can change how they view things.
The billionaire was likely shocked to experience such widespread disapproval and quickly changed his stance on the Rafael Devers extension offer to appease his ardent critics. The report not too long ago was the sides were “galaxies apart,” and I don’t believe it was a coincidence the deal happened today.
The signing of Rafael Devers is excellent news for Boston Red Sox fans, who are still reeling from the loss of Xander Bogaerts earlier this off-season. In what has been a rather underwhelming off-season, at least fans know they can watch Rafael Devers play third base for the foreseeable future. It’s nice to finally have certainty for once.
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