Monday, January 7, 2019

Red Sox Are Rumored To Be In Extension Talks With OF Andrew Benintendi

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Multiple reports suggest that the Red Sox are reaching out to one of their "core" players in an effort to secure a contract extension that would lock him up for as much as six years. It's not completely certain who that player is—but many sources indicate it is outfielder Andrew Benintendi. Those sources also indicate that the team is not engaged with any of the more high-profile "core" players that will require large financial commitments in the next year or so—specifically Chris Sale, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez. Considering that the Red Sox are already well over the luxury tax threshold, it's highly unlikely that they will be able to keep all of the players who are up for big paydays. Given Benintendi's status (two years of service, one year away from salary arbitration, four years away from free agency), he's the most likely to be amenable to an extension. Comparable contract extensions have recently given players in the neighborhood of six years and $55 million. Look for that kind of payday for BennyBallgame. Stay tuned.