Thursday, November 8, 2018

Don't Look Now, But Sale, Bogie & J.D. Can Be Free Agents A Year From Now

While we continue to bask in the afterglow of the ninth World Series Championship for The Carmine Hose, we all need a little wake-up call for 2019. In just about a year from now, as the defending World Champs end their 2019 season (which will hopefully yield a 10th ring), three key elements of the team could be headed out of town. J.D. Martinez (opt-out), Chris Sale and Xander Bogaerts (both full free-agents) can flee Boston at the end of next season. Ironically, the opt-out clause in J.D.'s contract was placed there by Dave Dombrowski because of health-related issues (a sprained Lisfranc ligament in his right foot—which the team claims still exists as a concern). Bogie will almost certainly test the free-agent waters—particularly after the market is re-set by this year's soon-to-be mega-deals for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. Of course, all this is complicated even further by the fact that both J.D. and Bogey are represented by (wait for it) Scott Boras. It's unclear whether Sale would be open to re-signing with Boston and not test free-agency after next season—since he is not represented by Boras. Also, at the end of the 2020 season, the biggest challenge arises—as Mookie Betts hits free-agency (along with Jackie Bradley, Jr.). Let's not even think about that scenario right now!