Despite a successful day for the Boston Red Sox in which they signed veteran closer Kenley Jansen to a two-year, $32 million contract and Japanese outfielder Masataka Yoshida to a five-year, $90 million deal, fans ended the day with a sour taste in their mouths.
After the Red Sox checked two major items off their to-do list, longtime shortstop Xander Bogaerts bolted for San Diego, signing an 11-year, $280 million contract.
Red Sox fans are understandably frustrated with Chaim Bloom, the team’s president of baseball operations.
Since then, three of them are gone and Devers has yet to extended.
Chaim Bloom inherited 27 year old Mookie, 27 YO Bogaerts, 25 YO Benintendi, and 23 YO Devers and so far has turned them into:
Luis De La Rosa
Devers still here, but not extended
— Michael Dyer (@Mike_Dyer13) December 8, 2022
Sox Lose Bogaerts In Free Agency
While the Red Sox have picked up a few good pieces in trades, most notably Alex Verdugo from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Betts trade, mostly everything else has failed.
The Red Sox have reached the postseason once since Betts and Benintendi were traded, making a surprise run to the ALCS in 2021.
Bogaerts was still with the team then.
And even though the Red Sox had a mostly successful day on Wednesday, fans woke up on Thursday with a bitter taste in their mouths over Bloom’s failure to sign Bogaerts.
Devers could still be extended, but the recent trend of events suggests that he may be on his way out soon.