With the 2022 MLB All-Star Game officially in the books, the Boston Red Sox are set to start the second half of their season on Friday night.
Others are wondering what will happen with Rafael Devers. Well Red Sox fans, you have good reason to be worried!
During the All-Star festivities, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe had the chance to talk to Rafael Devers. He mentioned something to Devers about a comparison to Matt Olson’s extension with the Atlanta Braves, and Devers straight up laughed at him. More from Speier’s piece can be seen here. But I will say this; it’s straight up laughable what the Red Sox are doing with Rafael Devers right now.
The Boston Red Sox are comparing Rafael Devers to Matt Olson?
I mean, do I really have to type that sentence out? Is this really what we’re going with now? Please tell me that you reading this article can agree that this is an extremely ludicrous statement.
Rafael Devers is a rising star in this league. He has been named an All-Star starter for the second year in a row. He’s been one of the best overall hitters in the American League over the last several seasons. Not to mention that his defense has significantly improved since he first joined the Red Sox back in 2017! I mean, what more do you want from Devers at this point?
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The extension that Matt Olson got from the Braves came in at eight years, $168 million. The average per year on that contract is $21 million per season. That is a JOKE for someone of Devers talent. Devers and Olson are two completely different players. Don’t try to tell me otherwise.
The Boston Red Sox are wasting a golden opportunity with Rafael Devers
Why is Boston’s ownership so stringent with their money for their homegrown stars? I guess they don’t believe in winning or competing at a high level with young stars. I mean seriously, we’ve seen this song and dance before.
Mookie Betts got shipped off to the Los Angeles Dodgers after the front office decided to not give him the money he wanted. There was no real reason for them to not pay Betts, though. He even said at the All-Star break he would’ve signed an extension with Boston if they had given him the deal the Dodgers gave him. I mean, come on now!
It looks like it’s going to happen with Xander Bogaerts too. He could be gone within the next couple of weeks. One of the best shortstops in the game that has helped the franchise win two World Series titles? Yeah, we’ll pass!
Devers is a guy that, if you have the money to give him a long-term extension, you give him that money. A top hitter in the game and he keeps improving defensively? Yeah, you need to pay that guy ASAP.
If you just gave Trevor Story a large contract, you can do the same for Devers. Otherwise, the Red Sox ownership will be even more laughable than they are currently. Then guess what? You’ll lose the fans next. Get it done. Sign Devers to a long-term deal and get back to contending for championships!