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Report: Red Sox, Xander Bogaerts close to agreement on six-year, $120 million extension


WEEI’s Evan Drellich reports that the Red Sox and shortstop Xander Bogaerts are close to an agreement on a contract extension. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it will be a six-year, $120 million contract that begins next season.

Bogaerts, 26, avoided arbitration in his third and final year of eligibility, agreeing to a $12 million salary for the 2019 season with the Red Sox. He was set to test free agency after the season. Once the agreement is finalized, Bogaerts will join starter Chris Sale as Red Sox players to have signed extensions this month.

Over parts of seven seasons, Bogaerts has hit .283/.342/.429 with 75 home runs, 387 RBI, 433 runs scored, and 49 stolen bases across 3,245 plate appearances.

In November, ESPN’s David Schoenfield ranked the to-be free agents for the next offseason. Of his top-10, Nolan Arenado, Sale, Bogaerts, Paul Goldschmidt, and Justin Verlander have since signed extensions. One of many reasons why the free agent market has stagnated in recent years.

Luis Urías to miss six to eight weeks with fractured hamate bone

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Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.

The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.

Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.

Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.