Boston Red Sox "Intensifying" Efforts To Sign All-Star To Extension

“They have to give him whatever he wants,” said a rival baseball executive. “Can they really let him go too?” The anonymous official was referring to the Boston Red Sox and their efforts to re-sign two-time All-Star Rafael Devers. 

According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom says a Devers extension is now Boston’s “No. 1 priority,” and that “our efforts are only intensifying — but it’s something we’ve really wanted to do for a while and hopefully we’ll be able to find that path.”

Red Sox fans certainly hope so too, after watching their homegrown star Xander Bogaerts fly the coop down to San Diego on an insane $280M deal that was over $100M more than any offer the Red Sox made. 

However, Devers, who will be a free agent after the 2023 season, is asking for a contract in excess of $300M over 10 years to stay in Beantown, while the Boston bean counters are somewhere over the $200M mark, but how much above that they've gone thus far is unknown. 

Red Sox fans have only one thing to say: Show him the money!

Devers, 26, hit .283 with 27 homers and an .879 OPS in 2022 and leads all of baseball in the last four years in extra-base hits (264). He's also second in total bases. 

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