Rafael Devers rejects Red Sox extension offer, two sides ‘far apart’ – CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — Red Sox fans hoping for good news on a long-term extension from Rafael Devers ahead of Opening Day received a heavy blow Wednesday night.

Devers has rejected a proposed contract extension from the Red Sox, according to Hector Gomez. Mass Live’s Chris Cotillo confirmed this report, stating that “the parts were very far apart”.

Devers, still just 25, just completed a season that included his first All-Star appearance and his first Silver Slugger. He hit .279 with an .890 OPS on the strength of 37 doubles and 38 home runs with 113 RBIs. He also hit .296 with a 1.029 OPS in 11 playoff games for Boston.

Over his five-year career, he has a .279 ERA and .847 OPS, with 112 homers and 367 RBIs in 548 games played. In 26 playoff games, he batted .303 with a .955 OPS.

Devers has also improved his defense throughout his career. After posting .906 fielding percentage as a rookie and .926 in his sophomore year, he had a .949 fielding percentage in 2019. Although his fielding percentage in 2020 fell to .891 in the during the shortened season, he came back with a . 950 fielding percentage last season.

As Jose Ramirez reached an agreement on a five-year, $124 million contract with Cleveland on Wednesday, some believed Ramirez’s contract could provide some sort of framework to establish a new deal for Devers. That, however, turned out to be wishful thinking – at least so far.

Devers and the Red Sox avoided arbitration this season by settling for $11.2 million. He is eligible for arbitration again next year and is expected to become a free agent after the 2023 season.

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