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Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello tried to get contract extension done before season

Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello tried to get contract extension done before season

Rick Porcello's future in Boston remains up in the air as the Red Sox prepare for Opening Day.

The right-hander is scheduled to hit free agency after the 2019 campaign along with teammate Xander Bogaerts. Fellow Sox starter Chris Sale would have been a free agent after the season if he hadn't signed a six-year, $160 million contract last week.

Porcello tried to join Sale in getting a deal done before Opening Day, but to no avail. The 30-year-old explained to WEEI's Rob Bradford how his discussions went with the Red Sox brass.

"Myself and my agent [Jim Murray] -- my agent was handling it -- he approached them and expressed my desire to continue to want to play here," Porcello told Bradford. "We expressed our willingness to take a discount to make that work. Conceptionally there were talks about it but as the spring went on economically they didn’t feel like it was going to fit. It pretty much kind of fizzled out and there were really no further talks beyond that. That’s pretty much it."

No offer was made to Porcello, which likely means no offer will be made at least until after 2019. Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski said Boston won't engage in extension talks once the season begins "unless something unexpected happens."

If Dombrowski has a change of heart, there's still a chance Porcello and the Red Sox can work something out during the season. Porcello said because of how badly he wants to stay in Boston, he's "willing and open to continue to talk" and doesn't believe it would be a distraction for him.

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Watch Red Sox rookie Michael Chavis' hot streak continue with huge home run

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Watch Red Sox rookie Michael Chavis' hot streak continue with huge home run

Michael Chavis' run for American League Rookie of the Year took another positive step forward in the Boston Red Sox's game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday afternoon.

Chavis crushed a two-run home run, his second blast in as many days, deep to left field at Rogers Centre to give Boston a 6-2 lead in the third inning.

It was Chavis' ninth home run of the season, tying him with J.D. Martinez for the second-most on the team. Chavis, however, has accumulated these home runs in 19 fewer games than Martinez.

The former top prospect entered Monday's matchup in Toronto with a .290 batting average, 22 RBI and a .389 on-base percentage in 25 games this season. He's collected multiple hits in four of his last six games, including 10 hits overall during that span.

Chavis, at least so far, has been hitting at a better rate than Blue Jays outfielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who is considered one of the elite prospects in baseball.

It's obviously very early into Chavis' career, but his impressive development has been among the most encouraging aspects of Boston's 2019 season. Winning the AL Rookie of the Year quickly is becoming a very attainable goal for the talented infielder.

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Highlights from Red Sox's 12-2 win over Blue Jays

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Highlights from Red Sox's 12-2 win over Blue Jays

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 12, Blue Jays 2

IN BRIEF: David Price holds Toronto to zero earned runs over five innings, and the Red Sox offense bangs out 12 runs on 16 hits, including four home runs, as Boston opens the four-game series with a 12-2 win at Rogers Centre.

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 25-22

HIGHLIGHTS:

1st Inning

Rafael Devers gives Red Sox early lead with RBI single to right (1-0 BOS)

Xander Bogaerts scores on throwing error (2-0 BOS)

2nd Inning

Luke Maile ties game with two-run HR to left (2-2)

3rd Inning

Xander Bogaerts puts Sox back on top with two-run single to left (4-2 BOS)

Michael Chavis blasts 9th home run of the season to left (6-2 BOS)

5th Inning

Rafael Devers makes slick defensive play at third base 

David Price retires the final 10 batters he faces in a 67-pitch outing (5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K)

6th Inning

Jackie Bradley Jr. homers for the first time since Game 3 of the World Series (8-2 BOS)

Brandon Workman strikes out two in a 1-2-3 inning

7th Inning

Rafael Devers drives in Mitch Moreland with RBI single to right (9-2 BOS)

Steve Pearce tacks on another run with SAC fly to center (10-2 BOS)

9th Inning

Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers go back-to-back off Ryan Tepera (12-2 BOS)

UP NEXT
@ Blue Jays, Tuesday, 7:07 p.m., NESN
@ Blue Jays, Wednesday, 7:07 p.m., NESN
@ Blue Jays, Thursday, 12:37 p.m., NESN

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