After an extremely impressive rookie campaign for 21-year-old infielder Xander Bogaerts, some suggested that the Boston Red Sox attempt to buy out his arbitration eligible years.
But that’s not in the plans for the Red Sox – at least not right now, according to general manager Ben Cherington who said right now they are not thinking about such:
The Red Sox are not thinking about locking up 21-year-old shortstop/third baseman Xander Bogaerts to a long-term contract, general manager Ben Cherington confirmed earlier this month.
Not now, at least. One impressive season, though, and opinions could quickly change.
The topic holds a bit more relevancy with the Red Sox in comparison to other teams considering the Red Sox have a pretty lengthy history of locking up players at a young age to avoid dealing with the arbitrational process, however, with Bogaerts it appears the team is more comfortable waiting for another year or two.
In short, the Red Sox are fine paying a few extra million dollars down the road in an effort not to get locked into a long-term deal.