Source: Xander Bogaerts close to an extension

Rob Bradford
March 31, 2019 - 8:41 pm

SEATTLE -- According to major league sources the Red Sox and Xander Bogaerts are on the verge of agreeing to a contract extension. There is a strong likelihood a deal will be announced Monday.

The 26-year-old shortstop would be eligible for free agency after the 2019 season. Bogaerts is currently playing under a $12 million deal for 2019, having agreed to the one-year contract instead of going to arbitration. The two previous one-year contracts inked by Bogaerts were for $4.05 million and $7.05 million for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, respectively.

It is expected to be a six-year, $120 million deal beginning in 2020. He will play on his $12 million salary this year. Bogaerts also has an opt out after 2022, per multiple reports.

The deal would follow contract extensions signed by two other high-profile players who were in line to hit free agency after this season, Colorado's Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt of St. Louis. Arenado's deal was eight years for $260 million while signed his five-year deal for $130 million.

Bogaerts is coming off a 2018 season in which he hit .288 with an .883 OPS and 23 homers.

Evan Drellich was first to report the news.



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