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Report: Red Sox will not negotiate more contract extensions during 2019 season

By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com

After striking a long term deal with shortstop Xander Bogaerts on Sunday, the Red Sox now say they have no plans to discuss any contract extensions with other players on their roster for the time being.

In a conversation with Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald, President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski said the team will not negotiate deals during the 2019 season.

“We have no ongoing conversations,” Dombrowski told Mastrodonato.

Dombrowski said during the final week of spring training that the team would not discuss extensions with players after opening day, citing a desire to avoid distractions during the season. An exception was made for the Bogaerts contract because both sides felt a deal was close on opening day, according to Mastrodonato.

Right-hander Rick Porcello is set for free agency after this season, and designated hitter J.D. Martinez can opt out of his contract at the end of 2019. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. are set for free agency in 2020.

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