A lot has been made of the window of opportunity the Red Sox may have. Within the next 3-4 years, the foundation of the team will see their contracts expire, leading to some intrigue when it comes to the possibility of extending certain deals.

Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts will be facing some tough contract decisions the next few years. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts will be facing some tough contract decisions the next few years. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

A lot has been made of the window of opportunity the Red Sox may have. Within the next 3-4 years, the foundation of the team will see their contracts expire, leading to some intrigue when it comes to the possibility of extending certain deals.

One of those players who will continue to be a centerpiece of the conversations regarding possible contract extensions is Mookie Betts.

Betts is heading into his final year before becoming arbitration-eligible, having just finished second in the American League MVP voting. Considering he is entering the same service time Mike Trout did when he inked a six-year, $144.5 million extension just before the start of the 2014 regular season, the idea that the Red Sox and their outfielder might have had some talks is a very legitimate road to go down.

But, according to Betts, there are no signs any kind of extension is in the works.

“Not a peep. Not a peep. Nothing at all,” the 24-year-old told WEEI.com at the Boston Baseball Writers’ Dinner Thursday afternoon when asked if his representatives have had any contract discussions with the Red Sox.

Would it be something he would like to push for?

“Nah. Not right now,” Betts explained. “One year at a time. One year at a time and we’ll go from there. I’m going to go year by year and worry about one year at a time. Just go out, win and kind of keep my focus there.

“There are so many different views of things. I know what me, my parents and my agents talk about. We have one view and I don’t want to have three or four different views on that thing. I just want to have one view and kind of stick to it.”

And that one view is …

“One year at a time,” he reiterated.

As for one of the other 24-year-old foundational players on the Red Sox roster, Xander Bogaerts, he continues to keep his intentions close to the vest when it comes to the possibility of an extension. When asked if his agent, Scott Boras, has had talks with the team, the shortstop offered, “I would definitely say I’m looking forward to next year.”

Bogaerts recently agreed to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration in his first year he was eligible for the process. That leaves him with two more offseasons of arbitration-eligibility before having a crack at free agency following the 2019 season.

“I haven’t even played my first arbitration year. I have two more years to go. Maybe after that first year I’ll be like, ‘Oh crap, I have only two more years.’ But I still feel like I’m at the minimum right now. But I haven’t got it so I can’t tell you that feeling,” said Bogaerts, who was also attending Thursday’s event.

“I like the city, and I enjoy my time here, but in the end if you go out there and do your job to help the team win, anything can happen. If you go out there and play well, the team will see that and maybe you can get something done. If not, we’ll see what happens. I know I enjoy my time here, I like it here and I have three more years here. I’m looking forward to it.

“You see numbers every day. Offseason is the time where you see everybody signing, and a few extensions here and there. It all depends. In season you probably don’t want to talk as much. So offseason is probably the best time. I just know I have two more years here, for sure, if they don’t get rid of me. If you play good, there are a lot of things that are possible. It’s on me to go out there and perform.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

If you’re wondering who gave Jason Varitek two votes for the Hall of Fame, we have half our answer.

Jason Varitek

Jason Varitek

If you’re wondering who gave Jason Varitek two votes for the Hall of Fame, we have half our answer.

The Trentonian’s Jay Dunn made his ballot public a month ago, and in it he laid out the case for the former Red Sox captain.

“[Pudge Rodriguez’s] presence on the ballot is likely to overshadow two other first times — Jorge Posada and Jason Varitek — both of whom were catchers. Neither had Hall of Fame numbers and I don’t expect either to get a lot of support, but both of them are getting my vote. Both of them were irreplaceable cogs to successful teams.

“Posada was the backstop for a Yankees team that won five consecutive World Championships. He was one of only three men to play as a regular on five teams. I doubt that streak would have occurred if the Yankees had a different catcher.

“Varitek was the catcher when the Red Sox won championships in 2004 and 2007. He was an iron man on both teams, [catching] almost every game not started by knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Probably no one, not even David Ortiz or Manny Ramirez, had more to do with the success of those teams than Varitek did.”

Dunn is sure to be mocked and ridiculed for his selection, but here’s why I think such outlier votes should be embraced as part of the selection process.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

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Curt Schilling may never get into the Hall of Fame, but his status as a right-wing icon only grows with each lost vote. The end game is no longer getting a plaque in Cooperstown. Instead, it’s martyrdom.

Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.

[0:01:12] ... Manny Ramirez 23 point 8% his first time on the ballot and Curt Schilling down this is not a surprise for Curt Schilling losing it. 31 votes from a year ago he was up but we're 50% last year now it's 45%. This year. And this'll be 888. APEC cause of mind is even before. This became an issue I thought a year ago two years ago. I've always thought Curt Schilling was a hall of Famer as regular season numbers. You can make the argument are not good enough when put in comparison ...
[0:03:16] ... like that's that's on nothing and it's only a few more than Tim Wakefield won. He got to get a hold of Rambo now. Can you carry once again juxtaposed against the deep that'd be that ...
[0:10:23] ... guy guys are using it because of their political views on of Curt Schilling you don't they're saying it's not Johnny Damon. And that's that they use and keep Curt Schilling from getting able this year a guy who in my mind. In and out on the field. The Vienna baseball I've said this before I'll say it again lynching is not a political issues so I think that's a little disingenuous everyone's just like it was a joke it was this it was that. I understand why people are offended by the idea of lynching I don't think that is limited to the right Torre also said you don't think the Curt Schilling wants to which anybody. I debate again we're not I'm not gonna go down this road again no I don't think he ...
[0:13:03] ... Until someone gives us a good reason why they changed the voted Curt Schilling that's all we have to go lie. And and did have you guys heard of anybody who changed their vote a good reason why Curt Schilling. BK it was a hall of Famer last year it is not a hall favor this year other than what we're talking ...






Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.

[0:01:12] ... Manny Ramirez 23 point 8% his first time on the ballot and Curt Schilling down this is not a surprise for Curt Schilling losing it. 31 votes from a year ago he was up but we're 50% last year now it's 45%. This year. And this'll be 888. APEC cause of mind is even before. This became an issue I thought a year ago two years ago. I've always thought Curt Schilling was a hall of Famer as regular season numbers. You can make the argument are not good enough when put in comparison ...
[0:03:16] ... like that's that's on nothing and it's only a few more than Tim Wakefield won. He got to get a hold of Rambo now. Can you carry once again juxtaposed against the deep that'd be that ...
[0:10:23] ... guy guys are using it because of their political views on of Curt Schilling you don't they're saying it's not Johnny Damon. And that's that they use and keep Curt Schilling from getting able this year a guy who in my mind. In and out on the field. The Vienna baseball I've said this before I'll say it again lynching is not a political issues so I think that's a little disingenuous everyone's just like it was a joke it was this it was that. I understand why people are offended by the idea of lynching I don't think that is limited to the right Torre also said you don't think the Curt Schilling wants to which anybody. I debate again we're not I'm not gonna go down this road again no I don't think he ...
[0:13:03] ... Until someone gives us a good reason why they changed the voted Curt Schilling that's all we have to go lie. And and did have you guys heard of anybody who changed their vote a good reason why Curt Schilling. BK it was a hall of Famer last year it is not a hall favor this year other than what we're talking ...






Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.

[0:04:46] ... maybe they're people out there Tuesday. You know what I wanna recognize Tim Wakefield long career you know I wanna recognize but I don't I don't sort of like a hall of just saying is it's not you can make yours saying oh it's because your buddies. I think that's a little to convene what is probably true well a rhythm thing is is say that you say. I wonder recognizable when there is this many qualified guys on the ballot and you have ten you can both a maximum of ten guys. And then your putting Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek and Edgar Renteria and Magglio Ordonez. When there's legitimate. Not even an argument dies. That you can vote for ...
[0:05:42] ... thing is if you vote for Varitek or you don't follow the Ken Griffey you've got your vote taken away and it's like is that democracies work like it's. No that's not a product comes back ...
[0:07:26] ... can't make that same argue or John up I asked you okay. Tim Wakefield hall of fame. Yeah I am I cannot say listen I'm not gotten it out it's a what you're defending those people aren't having been in their right I am defending their right to make Padres because I think there's always a rip them them you know that you can absolutely rip I'm not saying we can do anything to knee jerk thing you're driving and of course at the thing. I tell then what else are reporting it is to say you gave votes a guy could you liked him maybe year recognizing a long career the 200 wins I don't know I mean I can't make that case but maybe somebody can. And the risk we run with a halt use if you don't vote for Ken Griffey on the first ballot you should lose your vote like c'mon Mike may be. They have their misguided thing about no first ...
[0:10:16] ... notes up yet so one person one vote of 22500. Went to Tim Wakefield China doesn't offend me so that does not offend me that that if I went only five not that they're not paying ...






Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.

[0:04:46] ... maybe they're people out there Tuesday. You know what I wanna recognize Tim Wakefield long career you know I wanna recognize but I don't I don't sort of like a hall of just saying is it's not you can make yours saying oh it's because your buddies. I think that's a little to convene what is probably true well a rhythm thing is is say that you say. I wonder recognizable when there is this many qualified guys on the ballot and you have ten you can both a maximum of ten guys. And then your putting Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek and Edgar Renteria and Magglio Ordonez. When there's legitimate. Not even an argument dies. That you can vote for ...
[0:05:42] ... thing is if you vote for Varitek or you don't follow the Ken Griffey you've got your vote taken away and it's like is that democracies work like it's. No that's not a product comes back ...
[0:07:26] ... can't make that same argue or John up I asked you okay. Tim Wakefield hall of fame. Yeah I am I cannot say listen I'm not gotten it out it's a what you're defending those people aren't having been in their right I am defending their right to make Padres because I think there's always a rip them them you know that you can absolutely rip I'm not saying we can do anything to knee jerk thing you're driving and of course at the thing. I tell then what else are reporting it is to say you gave votes a guy could you liked him maybe year recognizing a long career the 200 wins I don't know I mean I can't make that case but maybe somebody can. And the risk we run with a halt use if you don't vote for Ken Griffey on the first ballot you should lose your vote like c'mon Mike may be. They have their misguided thing about no first ...
[0:10:16] ... notes up yet so one person one vote of 22500. Went to Tim Wakefield China doesn't offend me so that does not offend me that that if I went only five not that they're not paying ...