Sam Kennedy, the president of the Boston Red Sox, is hoping that the organization has gained some valuable insight as a result of the departure of Mookie Betts this offseason.
Both Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers were signed by the Red Sox as international free agents, and the club is currently dealing with the possibility that one of them, Xander Bogaerts, will leave Red Sox, the team via free agency during this offseason. In addition,
Red Sox are one year away from possibly having to deal with the same scenario regarding Rafael Devers
According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Globe, Kennedy was quoted as saying, “With Mookie, we could have engaged more successfully earlier on in his career.” “From where I’m sitting, it is absolutely difficult when you move on from homegrown players,” said the speaker.
After being dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers with one year of team control remaining, Betts ultimately agreed to a contract extension with his new team that was worth $365 million over 12 years.
It has not always been possible for us to sign our own homegrown players to long-term contracts. I completely acknowledge that,” Kennedy stated further. “And when it does not happen, it is upsetting for the fans, and it is disappointing for us on a personal level,” she continued. But we are paid to make decisions that are quite challenging, and we will have to wait and see how those decisions turn out.
Kennedy also said that the organization has extended one offer to Devers while making two to Bogaerts so far this winter. However, he would not provide any other information regarding either negotiation.
“We’ve been involved with Xander since the end of this season,” Kennedy said, “and I’ll leave it at that.” Xander is represented by Scott Boras. “But I feel like the chats we’ve had have been fruitful.”
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