3. He’s Only Going to Get More Expensive
As Boston just found out with Rafael Devers last offseason, the longer you wait to sign a player, the more expensive they become.
The Red Sox waited until Devers was a year away from free agency before finally extending him, at which point the team had lost most of its leverage. It took a 10-year, $313.5 million extension to keep him, so they aren’t getting much of a discount (if any) there.
At least Boston has Devers, unlike Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts. The Red Sox botched negotiations with both and were unable to come to an agreement with either them, ultimately trading Betts and letting Bogaerts leave in free agency.
If Boston is serious about keeping Casas and wants to get him on a below-market deal, then the earlier he signs an extension the better. Assuming he stays healthy and his performance doesn’t fall off a cliff, his contract demands are probably only going to increase with each passing year, especially if free agent salaries continue to rise.
Betts and Bogaerts taught the Red Sox hard lessons, but Casas will be a good test to see if the front office actually learned anything.
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