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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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