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Red Sox, Xander Bogaerts finalize seven-year, $132 million extension


His physical is complete and the Red Sox and shortstop Xander Bogaerts have now finalized their seven-year, $132 million contract extension.

The deal, which was agreed to and first reported yesterday, will pay him the $12 million salary he was already scheduled to make in 2019 and then will be for $20 million per year over the next six years. There is also a vesting option for 2026 for $20 million.

The 26-year-old shortstop was scheduled to be one of the most sought-after players on the free agent market next winter after hitting .283/.342/.429 with 75 home runs, 387 RBI, 433 runs scored, and 49 stolen bases across 3,245 plate appearances in the past seven seasons. Last year he posted a career-high .883 OPS with 23 home runs and 103 RBI over 136 games.

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.