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Boston Red Sox, Chaim Bloom can learn from the Atlanta Braves

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Contract length and price have exploded in Major League Baseball over the past three years. The new norm in baseball is contracts of more than 10 years for $250 million if you want to land a superstar. The Boston Red Sox knew that Recently with Rafael Devers.

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Even Devers signedRed Sox fans were wondering if Red Sox baseball chief Chaim Bloom and this Sox ownership group would ever put out a contract of this magnitude with any of their home-grown stars.

Take a look at some of these recent MLB contracts:

  • Julio Rodríguez, CF, Mariners: 13 years, $210 million (2023-2035)
  • Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, Padres: 14 years, $340 million (2021-34)
  • Rafael Devers, 3B, Red Sox: 11 years, $331 million (2023-33)
  • Xander Bogaerts, SS, Padres: 11 years, $280 million (2023-33)
  • Trea Turner, SS, Phyllis: 11 years, $300 million (2023-33)
  • Mookie Betts, OF, Dodgers: 12 years, $365 million (2021-32)
  • Bryce Harper, Phillies: 13 years old, $330 million (2019-31)
  • Corey Seeger, SS, Rangers: 10 years, $325 million (2022-31)
  • Francisco Lindor, SS, Mets: 10 years, $341 million (2022-31)
  • Manny Machado 3B Padres: 10 years, $300 million (2019-28)
  • Mike Trout, Angels: 10 years, $360 million (2021-30)

The Boston Red Sox could take a page from the Braves

One team not on this list but that has been signing homegrown talent and building its starting roster for years to come is the Atlanta Braves. It’s no secret that the Atlanta Braves have an excellent record of drafting, signing and developing excellent young talent.

It is now clear that the Atlanta Braves General Manager Alex Anthopolous makes sure that the Braves’ young talent spends most if not all of their careers in Atlanta. The key to this is Anthopolous signing these young stars to extensions long before the pressure of free agency or arbitration. Here’s a look at some of Brave’s recent contracts:

  • Austin Riley – 10 years, $212 million extension
  • Michael Harris II – 8 years, $72 million
  • Spencer Stryder – 6 years, $75 million
  • Matt Olson – 8 years, $168 million

These contracts came on the heels of Ronald Acuna Jr.’s 8-year, $100 million contract extension, and Ozzie Alpes signing a 7-year, $35 million contract extension just a few seasons earlier.

They also locked out catcher William Contreras and RHP Kyle Wright. This means the Braves have their catcher, cornerbacks, second baseman, center fielder, and their number one and number two pitcher locked out through at least 2026, with the majority locked up longer. And only one of those contracts was worth more than $200 million.

So why is this so relevant to Chaim Bloom and the Boston Red Sox?

Mostly because they have some young stars going up the pipeline, and the Brave’s strategy could be interesting in helping the Sox build a legitimate long-term core around newly expanded Rafael Devers.

This season, the Red Sox have had several short-term deals with veteran players who help with immediate needs but are clearly disconnected from the long-term plan. These deals include a two-year Justin Turner deal and the Two year agreement with nearest Kenley Jansen.

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This year we’ll see a steady dose of a few potential future stars for Fenway in the form of RHP Brian Bellew and first baseman Triston Casas (provided he is not traded off for pitching depth). the

The most exciting of all the Sox prospects is Young Marcelo Mayer who likely won’t make his MLB debut until 2024 but should be a major cog in the Red Sox’ long-term plans. Ceddanne Rafaela is another exciting young Sox prospect who could make an impact at the big league level in the next few seasons.

The smaller right-handed batsman stands at just 5’8 but can play as well as defend around the diamond and has a sneaky bang for his stature. He shone at center field playing shortstop, second base, center field, and got the 2022 Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Of course, it’s always possible to add one or more of these prospects to a package to bring in an older, more established star, but it would be nice to see the Red Sox continue to build this depleted system once as it gets. closer to existence It is ranked in the top ten in terms of organizational depth in every MLB.

Hopefully, these young stars and more can start to make an impact at the major league level and Chaim Bloom can do his best Alex Antopoulos, and start cooping a core of young stars around big bat Rafael Devers, without going in. In several contracts worth $300 million.

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