2. He’s Open to an Extension…For Now
Obviously for a contract extension to work, there has to be interest from the player. If a player is set on going to free agency, as many stars are, then extension talks will likely lead nowhere.
If a good player expresses interest in an extension, however, that makes negotiations considerably easier. And based on a recent quote by Casas in The Boston Globe, he appears open to one.
As someone who was drafted and developed by Boston, it’s not surprising that Casas wants to stay. It’s the only organization he’s ever known, of course, and a contract extension would give him long-term stability.
The Red Sox should strike while the iron is hot and capitalize on those feelings before they potentially change. Just because Casas is interested in a contract extension today doesn’t mean he’ll still want one in a few years, when he’ll be more established and closer to free agency.
It won’t help if Boston keeps missing the playoffs, either, as players want to win championships and are less likely to be loyal to a losing organization.
Casas wants to play ball, so the Red Sox shouldn’t wait until it’s too late or he changes his mind.