The Red Sox have resumed contract negotiations with star third baseman Rafael Devers, but the gap is said to remain wide.
The Red Sox are rumored to have now upped their offer to over $200 million, which is likely necessary given that the Braves have signed less experienced third baseman Austin Riley for $212 million. However, with Devers only a year away from a free hand, he is targeting at least 10 years for over $300 million.
Devers, 26, hit 27 homers and .879 OPS .283 in 2022 and leads MLB with 264 extra base hits since 2019 (he’s second in total bases, two behind Freddie Freeman). The new talks were first reported by Yancen Pujols.
The Red Sox are in a bind with their two homegrown stars after unaccepted bids in the spring. They originally offered Devers about $168 million over eight years and are said to have “insulted” two-time World Series winner Xander Bogaerts by offering an extra $20 million and a year more, one Offer so low that some Boston media doubted its accuracy.
Failing to trade Mookie Betts adds urgency. A rival said: “The Red Sox are in a difficult position.”
https://nypost.com/2022/10/27/red-sox-rafael-devers-remain-far-apart-in-negotiations/ Red Sox and Rafael Devers remain far apart in negotiations