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A day after agreeing to a $17.5 million contract for the 2023 season to avoid arbitration, Boston Red Sox third baseman Raphael Devers received a spectacular contract extension that made him a rare companion.
According to athletic Ken Rosenthal, Devers agreed to an 11-year, $331 million contract extension commencing in 2024. Former National League MVP’s total contract value ranks him sixth highest in major league history, ahead of Bryce Harper.
- Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout: 12 years, $426.5 million (2019)
- Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers: 12 years, $365 million (2021)
- Aaron Judge, New York Yankees: 9 years, $360 million (2023)
- Francisco Lindor (New York Mets): 10 years, $341 million (2022)
- Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres: 14 years, $340 million (2021)
- Rafael Devers (Boston Red Sox): 11 years, $331 million (2023)
- Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies: 13 years, $330 million (2019)
The contract extension ends a long and winding story for Devers, who was expected to make $11.2 million in the 2022 season and become a free agent in 2024. Contract.
The 26-year-old led the Red Sox with 27 homers and 88 RBIs last season and batted .295/.358/.521. He’s definitely the face of the franchise, especially after the departure of longtime shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who signed him to a $280 million contract in his 11 years with the San Diego Padres this winter.
The deal could save Boston from a difficult offseason. In addition to Bogaerts, slugger J.D. Martinez and starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi also left the team in free agency.Boston acquired the top player in the open market, but he lost hopeful Japanese outfielder Masataka Yoshida and his 3-time volleyball. All-Star closer Kenley Jansen.
After satisfying Devers, the Red Sox will try to bounce back from last year’s bottom finish in the AL East when they resume activity in the 2023 season.