Stop if you’ve heard this one before: the Red Sox are ready to spend money this offseason.
MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal writes in his latest MLB free agency roundup the Red Sox are among several big market teams with a “strong willingness to spend,” along with the Mets, Phillies, Giants, Rangers and Mariners.
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Rosenthal adds the Yankees and Dodgers are each $30 million under the luxury tax, and will probably look add high-end talent as well (shocking)!
The Red Sox have not been aggressive on the open market since Chaim Bloom took over as chief baseball officer in 2020. Over the last three yeas, they rank 13th among 30 teams in free agent spending.
That figure would be even lower if they didn’t sign Trevor Story to a six-year, $140 million contract last March.
It seems as if Story’s deal will factor into how the Red Sox pursue Xander Bogaerts, regardless of what they may say. Bloom insists Bogaerts is the Red Sox’ top priority, but their actions indicate otherwise. They low-balled him in Spring Training with an insulting one-year offer and allowed him to reach free agency. While the Red Sox extended the qualifying offer to Bogaerts, he’s expected to turn it down by Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.
Over the weekend, Jon Heyman reported the Phillies are “believed to have real interest” in Bogaerts. Dave Dombrowski is their general manager.
The Red Sox have offered Nathan Eovaldi a multi-year deal, Rob Bradford reports, though the terms are unknown.
Given Bloom’s track record, it’s hard to buy into reports about the Red Sox asserting themselves as big spenders until they follow through.