Rafael Devers still not talking contract during season


CHICAGO - Eyebrows were raised when Xander Bogaerts told the Boston Globe earlier this month he would be open to reversing course, entertaining the idea of discussing a contract extension during the season.

Rafael Devers is not ready to follow suit.

When asked by WEEI.com prior to Tuesday night's Red Sox game against the White Sox if he would talk contract during the season, Devers said, "No," adding, "That ended in spring training."

It is an approach that Devers said at the end of the exhibition season he would be taking, having discussed an extension in the final days before the regular season.

Devers, of course, has more time to talk about a deal than his shortstop-playing teammate, not becoming eligible for free agency until the end of 2023. (Bogaerts can opt out of his current contract after this season.)

The idea of living life without Devers in the Red Sox' lineup is becoming increasingly more difficult to imagine considering his production.

Devers has the second-most hits and total bases in the majors, while leading all of baseball in extra-base hits. He is currently hitting .337 (6th) with a .972 OPS (9th). The 25-year-old is also playing the best defense of his career at third base, having made just two errors.

He hit his 10th homer of the season in the Red Sox' latest victory.

Devers is making $11.2 million for the 2022 season, having agreed to a one-year contract before having to go to arbitration.

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