It's a gift to the team, for sure. Anytime you can get this level of player for a good chunk less than he's worth, AND you have nothing but terrible alternatives, that's huge. Perhaps even bigger is the sense that there's a 1996-2000whatever Yankee thing happening where a group of really talented players come up together and want to stay together rather than going to play with a team that doesn't have the same bonds. Obviously athletes typically chase the top dollar, and it's understandable, but at some point you'd have to imagine that they have so much money already that they can start prioritizing the quality of their experience. Clearly on a personal level that's an advantage to the Sox here with Bogaerts and his "classmates". With the history and the intensity of playing for the Sox, they were already a unique place even viewed objectively. Maybe Betts still walks but I suspect the Sox just have to match the top offer and he stays.Turning the focus back to X, this extension is a very pleasant surprise. As a Boras client, I feared that X would test the market and that his decision would drag on and on and on (a la Harper/Machado).
Per the article linked below:
"Once Sale signed, Dombrowski didn’t think the club would be able to extend itself enough to get Bogaerts signed before free agency started in November.
As it turns out, Bogaerts was motivated enough to stay with the Red Sox that a deal was able to be consummated.
“I was not by any means thinking it was going to happen,” Dombrowski said. “Today, when I was recollecting, I was riding with [assistant general manager] Eddie [Romero] to the ballpark, I said, ‘When we had the Chris Sale press conference, I did not think we were going to get this deal done.’ We wanted him the whole time. But I would say very strongly it was Bogey’s desire to be here.”
Driving force for Bogaerts' deal was the Sox SS
Kudos to X for making this happen!