Rafael Devers turned down a low-ball extension offer

Red Sox fans have been longing for the club to lock up star third baseman Rafael Devers for a well-deserved extra time. But the talks get off to a rocky start.

The signing of Trevor Story has excited Boston Red Sox fans, especially given the need for a slugger following free agency departures of Kyle Schwarber and Hunter Renfroe this offseason. However, the looming shadow over the club for fans was the future of star third baseman Rafael Devers.

The 25-year-old hitter, who hit 38 home runs over the wall last season to go with 113 RBIs for Boston, has more than earned a new contract from the organization. And fans are more than ready for that to happen as the youngster has proven he can be a big league power hitter and at his age could only be scratching the surface of his talent.

However, little has changed on the extension front. Then, the day before MLB Opening Day, Red Sox fans received some unfortunate news about a potential deal.

According to MLB insider Hector Gomez, Boston offered Devers an extension, which the third baseman turned down because it was way too low relative to the kind of money he’s looking for. In addition, he plans to play the 2022 season hoping to increase his value.

Rafael Devers rejects Red Sox extension offer

How Chaim Bloom, John Henry and the rest of the Red Sox’s front office could look at a player in Devers’ position and think it would be a good idea to suppress him is beyond reason.

This is a 25-year-old player who has gotten better with every season since his season debut in 2018, most recently cutting .279/.352/.538 for the club last season while being an absolutely fearsome left-handed power-bat. Additionally, he only looked better in the spring leading up to this season, throwing six balls over the fence and is on track for a monster 2022 campaign.

By all logic, Devers should be worth a monster extension, even with the hits to his defense and gauntlet at third base. The fact that the Red Sox came in with an offer so low that they were immediately shot down is not a good thing. However, if he continues his upward trend and plays from spring training, Boston will have no choice but to give Devers a blank check next offseason. Rafael Devers turned down a low-ball extension offer

John Verrall

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