There's a new trend in Major League Baseball that involves impending free agents finalizing contract extensions with their current teams, jumping the turnstiles just a bit. The latest star to do so is a member of the Boston Red Sox, and no, it's not Mookie Betts.
According to reports, the Red Sox and shortstop Xander Bogaerts are finalizing a seven-year contract extension, worth upwards of $132 million.
Technically, Bogaerts' extension is actually for six years, worth $120 million. However, the new deal will kick in this season, as his $12 million salary was already set in stone for the 2019 season.
On top of the financial details, Bogaerts' contract includes an opt-out clause.
Final details on Xander Bogaerts' deal with Boston, which was first reported as close by @EvanDrellich, are being hammered out. It will begin this season. There will be an opt-out. Bogaerts will be locked up long-term, though, taking another big name off the market next winter.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 1, 2019
During his World Series-winning season, Bogaerts recorded a .288 batting average, .883 OPS, 23 home runs and 103 RBI (a career high). With monster shortstops like Francisco Lindor (and possibly Carlos Correa) hitting the market going forward as well, many theorized the Sox would let Bogey walk in an effort to pay JD Martinez and Mookie Betts. Perhaps, instead, they believe they can have it all.
If Bogaerts were to hit the open market, he would certainly become a hot commodity. However, the Red Sox ensured that they would avoid a roster purge, and will have their starting shortstop for the foreseeable future.