BOCA RATON, Fla. — The annual Scott Boras
press conference at the general managers’ meetings really wasn’t heavy with Red Sox-centric items this time around.
Few of Boras’ free agent clients seem to be on the Red Sox radar this year, with Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (whom Boras is now also positioning as an outfielder) and catcher Matt Wieters highlighting the agent’s stable of offseason targets.
There was one topic that was Boras related which Red Sox followers should take interest in: a possible contract extension for Xander Bogaerts.
While the shortstop will be entering just his third full season, and remains four years out from free agency, Bogaerts’ emergence as an important piece of the Red Sox’ foundation has led to conversation regarding his long-term future with the organization.
Boras, however, wasn’t ready to elaborate on his client’s strategy when it comes to an extension.
“Anything my clients say to me about there about there interest ‘¦ Xander is very happy in Boston,” Boras said when asked about the subject. “He had a great year there. The relationship between him and the coaching staff, they did a great with him and he did a great job for them. We’re very encouraged about his future there.”
The 23-year-old Bogaerts is coming off a season in which he hit .320, finishing with 196 hits, seven home runs, 81 RBI and 84 runs. He also was a finalist for the American League Gold Glove.
Boras was slightly more specific on the topic when visiting Fenway Park late in the regular season, telling WEEI.com, “Look, I always tell every team and every player, we’re an open door. Anything they want to look at and offer, and then the player just has to make his judgments, so we evaluate that.
“So I did all of these studies of him and even a great player like [Derek] Jeter, he was more home runs, more RBIs, and he’s made more playing time in the big leagues at 22 than Jeter had. So when you’re talking about a player at that level, that great, to be ahead of him in many ways, you can really see where Xander and the organization in combination have worked hard to get him to that level, so it’s nice to see.”