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MLB Rumors: Red Sox plan to offer Rafael Devers a contract extension in the offseason

MLB Rumors: Red Sox plan to offer Rafael Devers a contract extension in the offseason

The Red Sox may have not hired a new general manager yet, but they appear motivated to lock up one of its building blocks in Rafael Devers. 

According to Rob Bradford, the Red Sox are planning to offer Devers a contract extension during the upcoming offseason. The 22-year-old star is up for arbitration following the 2020 season, so Boston could theoretically buy those arbitration years out with a multi-year extension now. 

Bradford pointed to Astros infielder Alex Bregman's contract as an apt comparison for Devers' situation. Bregman agreed to a five-year, $100 million extension in March that begins at the start of next season. Bregman had a similar amount of service time and production at the time of his extension, so Devers could be in line for a contract of similar size as well. 

Devers had a break out year in 2019. He has a .309/.360/.556 slash line with 32 home runs, 115 RBI and a league-leading 53 doubles heading into Boston's final game of the year. He has career-highs in virtually every offensive category and showed serious defensive development at the hot corner. 

The power-hitting lefty showed real promise when he was called up in 2017 and had an up-and-down 2018. The talent was there, he just needed to put it all together, and this year he certainly did that. 

The Red Sox have plenty of big decisions to make regarding their own stars as they look to fill out their front office. Mookie Betts' contract needs to be addressed while J.D. Martinez will likely opt-out after this season as well. Boston could be in for serious change, but it appears retaining Devers is a priority for the organization. 

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Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Yet another former member of the Boston Red Sox has joined the Chicago Cubs.

Former Sox slugger Mike Napoli has joined the Cubs as a quality assurance coach, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Napoli joins fellow 2013 World Series champion David Ross on the Cubs staff. Ross replaced Joe Maddon as Chicago's manager last month.

Ex-Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has served as Cubs president of baseball operations for the last eight years. Former Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie recently interviewed for the Cubs' bullpen coach job.

In three seasons as Boston's DH/first baseman, Napoli hit .242 with 53 home runs.

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Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme was rather elboarate, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora reportedly played a major role in the operation.

Cora was Houston manager A.J. Hinch's right-hand man as the Astros' bench coach in 2017, winning the World Series with the organization. So, quite frankly, it's not surprising that Cora was involved in the matter. 

Major League Baseball now is investigating the Astros organization, as well as anyone involved with the team in 2017 -- A.K.A. Cora and current New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran. Cora was interviewed Wednesday, and the Red Sox are offering the MLB "full cooperation" in the ongoing investigation, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. 

According to our Red Sox Insider John Tomase, the Red Sox really only need to be concerned with the matter if Cora used some of those tactics to lead Boston to a World Series Championship in 2018, and throughout the duration of a rather upsetting 2019 season. 

It remains unknown if Cora will receive any disciplinary action from the league. 

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