Taking care of their own
Now, it’s quite fine when the team spends some money on players like Chris Sale and J.D. Martinez to add to a young core but paying a player like Xander Bogaerts who great up in the farm system and has been a part of a winning atmosphere goes a long way to both rebuilding the team’s farm system and not paying for long-term bad contracts.
With other homegrown players like Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts and eventually Rafael Devers showing signs of stardom, it is important to lock these players up to not only maintain current success but set the team up for a competitive future.
The Bogaerts reported extension also means you never know what the Red Sox will do when it comes to contracts or even extensions. Though Bogaerts is not a pitcher, ownership is certainly making a statement that they learned from past mistakes, particularly not re-signing Jon Lester.
As one of the top shortstops in the league, the overall message is it’s better to take care of their own than throw money at the problem in the offseason.
Again, unexpected, but a good move for the Boston Red Sox.