The Red Sox removed any uncertainty revolving around Xander Bogaerts' future with the team Sunday by signing him to a six-year extension worth $120 million. Set to be a free agent this winter, the shortstop would have been one of the most sought-after players on the market.
Instead, Bogaerts will remain in Boston for a price tag fit for one of the best shortstops in baseball, and will not have to deal with the frustrating free agent cycle players have dealt with for the past few seasons.
"I think this was just what was best for me and family," Bogaerts said at a press conference before the team's game in Oakland Monday. "It’s a very special place to play. The fans, the organization in general expects winning, and I enjoy winning."
"He became more self-understood on which way he wanted to go and why," agent Scott Boras added. "It was more about what he did know and who he got to play with. That was the overriding theme that I heard."
The Red Sox will retain a crucial piece of their team's core by extending Bogaerts, something they felt has been important to the franchise in building a championship roster.
"It’s what the foundation of the organization is all about," Dave Dombrowski said. "We’re thrilled to get this done and happy to have Bogey on board for a long time."
Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez are likely next for the Red Sox to decide on keeping for big money. If the Bogaerts and Sale signings are any indication, it shows the Red Sox have been and are most likely willing to pay to keep their key players in the building.
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