The Boston Red Sox wanted to keep one of the corner stones of their 2018 championship team with them. According 985thesportshub.com, the club and shortstop Xander Bogaerts have signed a seven-year, $132MM contract extension.
The Aruban born shortstop has been a valued part of the team since he joined the Red Sox in 2013. In that year he also was on the World Series roster. So far in his MLB career, he is doing a fine job during the regular season but the two times he played in the World Series, his numbers did not come close to those of the regular season.
Bogaerts’ best year so far was in 2016 when he hit .294 with 21 home runs, 34 doubles and a triple. His career numbers are 283/.342/.429 with 75 home runs and 387 RBIs.
This new contract will make him the best paid shortstop. He also becomes the best paid professional athlete in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. After the current season, Bogaerts would have become a free agent but the Red Sox were willing to dig into their own pockets to keep him with the club. In the new contract there is a club option for an eighth year if he he get 535 at bats in 2025. By then, Bogaerts will be 32.
Bogaerts won the World Cup with the Dutch national team in 2011 by beating Cuba in the final. Next to that he also participated in the World Baseball Classic in 2013 and 2017.
So far MLB.com still doesn’t confirm the news.