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Red Sox rumors: Rafael Devers extension talks have seen ‘zero’ progress

Devers batted .279/.352/.538 last season.

Rafael Devers
Rafael Devers of the Boston Red Sox pauses as he watches his hit against the Houston Astros during Game Three of the American League Championship Series. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

The Red Sox reportedly have not made any progress in extension talks with infielder Rafael Devers, according to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo.

Per Cotillo, the two sides are “exceedingly” unlikely to reach a deal before the CBA expires on Thursday at 12:01 a.m. Cotillo added that Devers and the Red Sox will likely rekindle conversations when a potential work stoppage ends.

Devers batted .279/.352/.538 last season with 38 homers and 113 RBIs. He was the only Red Sox player selected to an All-MLB team (2nd team).

According to Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom, Devers battled an elbow issue throughout the postseason, but time off is expected to fix the issue.

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“We did our best to get a handle on what was going on,” Bloom said. “Really [it was] elbow inflammation. It’s something we’re managing, nothing concerning. … Kudos to our medical staff and to Raffy for how he managed to play through it. Something that rest should do a lot to help.”

Devers’ defense has been criticized, but he was perhaps the Red Sox’s best hitter last year. He and Xander Bogaerts became one of just four American League shortstop/third base duos to win the Silver Slugger award in the same season this past year.

“There’s a lot of teams out there that [say], ‘Yeah, Raffy Devers quote-unquote struggles defensively,’” Alex Cora said after the season. “But on a daily basis, you want Raffy Devers.”

The Red Sox have a lot of time to come to terms with Devers. Still, as Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald noted last week, the Red Sox rarely sign extensions even with players they value highly. If Devers is looking for a big payday — and presumably he will be after watching Rays rookie Wander Franco ink a big long-term deal — the Red Sox could have some big decisions to make.

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