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Dave Dombrowski on contract negotiations: 'We're not going to do anything once the season starts'

Dave Dombrowski on contract negotiations: 'We're not going to do anything once the season starts'

If the Red Sox hope to get a deal done with one of their impending free agents, they better make it quick.

Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski says that barring anything unexpected, the team does not plan on negotiating contracts once their season gets underway.

The Red Sox have some decisions to make regarding the expiring contracts of Chris Sale, Xander Bogaerts, Rick Porcello, J.D. Martinez (opt-out), and Mookie Betts (2021). Dombrowski has admitted before that the team will be unable to retain them all, and Jon Heyman reported Thursday that nothing has changed on that front.

Sale, Bogaerts, and Betts reportedly have been approached for contract discussions, though no deal appears to be imminent. There hasn't been much buzz surrounding the status of Porcello's expiring contract, and no talks of a possible extension for Martinez either.

Contract extensions have been given out like candy over the last few weeks, with stars Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, Alex Bregman, Paul Goldschmidt, and Blake Snell all agreeing to new deals.

If Dombrowski indeed is closing the door on extension talks past Opening Day, there isn't a whole lot of time left for a deal to get done. The Sox season begins one week from today in Seattle on March 28.

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WATCH: Christian Vazquez sets career-high for home runs in a season

WATCH: Christian Vazquez sets career-high for home runs in a season

Christian Vazquez is experiencing the best year of his career at the plate so far in 2019. 

Hours after Alex Cora lauded the 28-year-old catcher for embracing the challenge set before him following Blake Swihart's DFA, Vazquez belted his sixth home run of the season, setting a new career-high just 34 games into the 2019 campaign. 

Entering Saturday's clash with the Houston Astros, Vazquez bolstered a .311/.362/.519 slash line along with a .881 OPS. All four are career highs if they hold. 

Vazquez has not had the chance to be the primary starting catcher for the Red Sox before Swihart was traded to Arizona, and now Boston's confidence in him is starting to pay off. If Vazquez can continue to build on his success, he'll surely set many more career-highs before this season wraps up. 

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Highlights from the Red Sox 7-3 loss to the Astros

Highlights from the Red Sox 7-3 loss to the Astros

FINAL SCORE: Astros 7, Red Sox 3

IN BRIEF: A five-run first inning by the Astros proved to be too much to overcome for the Red Sox Saturday night as they dropped their second straight to Houston 7-3. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 23-22

HIGHLIGHTS:

1st inning

Michael Brantley RBI double (1-0 HOU)
Josh Reddick SAC fly (2-0 HOU)
Yuli Gurriel RBI single (3-0 HOU)
Tyler White two-run double (5-0 HOU)

J.D. Martinez scores on a passed ball by Max Stassi (5-1 HOU)

2nd inning

Carlos Correa SAC fly (6-1 HOU)

3rd inning

Mitch Moreland RBI double (6-2 HOU)

4th inning 

Christian Vazquez homers to right (6-3 HOU)

5th inning

Reddick blasts solo home run (7-3 HOU)

UP NEXT
vs Astros, Sunday, 1:05 p.m., NESN
@ Blue Jays, Monday, 1:07 p.m., NESN
@ Blue Jays, Tuesday, 7:07 p.m., NESN

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