The Boston Red Sox are less than a week away from Opening Day.
Which, if Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is telling the truth, means that the Red Sox have less than a week to work out some long-term deals with some key pending free agents.
"We’re focused on winning this year. I think the players are into that," Dombrowski said (via Jon Heyman). "Unless something unexpected happens, we’re not going to do anything once the season starts.”
With Chris Sale reportedly close to a long-term extension that is rumored to be worth $150 million over five years, that list includes now Xander Bogaerts, Rick Porcello, and J.D. Martinez (opt-outs in both 2019 and 2020).
That's a lot of cake.
Dombrowski also admitted the obvious: Boston will not be able to retain everybody.
“We know we won’t be able to keep all of them under today’s system and finances,” said Dombrowski.
The aforementioned Sale extension, which seems almost completely done, could be a sign that the Red Sox are not going to be investing in the 30-year-old Porcello (17-7 with a 4.28 ERA last season) on another long-term contract, and Bogaerts may be out of the team's comfort zone on a long-term contract that will be negotiated on his behalf by super-agent Scott Boras.
But if this offseason has proved anything, it's that Dombrowski is not afraid to walk away from a star player (Craig Kimbrel this winter) if he doesn't believe the investment is worth it to the team's long-term plans and financial flexibility.