Boston Red Sox

Forbes has released its 2022 rankings of the most valuable Major League Baseball franchises. The Boston Red Sox came in as the third most valuable, at $3.9 billion. They rank behind two predictable names: the New York Yankees ($6 billion) and the Los Angeles Dodgers ($4.075 billion) were the only franchises to rank higher than the Red Sox.

Here is the full top-10, as released by Forbes.

  1. New York Yankees, $6 billion
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers, $4.075 billion
  3. Boston Red Sox, $3.9 billion
  4. Chicago Cubs, $3.8 billion
  5. San Francisco Giants, $3.5 billion
  6. New York Mets, $2.65 billion
  7. St. Louis Cardinals. $2.45 billion
  8. Philadelphia Phillies, $2.3 billion
  9. Los Angeles Angels, $2.2 billion
  10. Atlanta Braves, $2.1 billion

Boston put its value to work, handing out a $140 million contract to Trevor Story to enhance the team’s defense and insert another power bat in the middle of the order. In terms of payroll, the Red Sox ranked sixth for the 2022 season at $195, 166,000, per Spotrac.

The Red Sox look to pick up where they left off from an ahead-of-schedule season in 2021, when they came within two wins of a berth in the World Series.

Mazz: How the Red Sox may (should?) try to sell Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers and Trevor Story on remaining together

  • Pay Bogaerts and entice him to move to third

    Oct 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) hits a two run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of the American League Wildcard game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) hits a two run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of the American League Wildcard game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

    Will this be easy? No. Would Bogaerts do it? Unclear. His idol was Derek Jeter, who played his entire career with one team at one position. Presumably, Bogaerts covets something similar, but he might not be able to get both. The highest-paid shortstops and third basemen both make in the range of $30-$35 million per season and Bogaerts qualifies as one of those players. How the sides negotiate the ultimate value and length of the deal is open to debate, but something in the range of six years and $190 million (give or take) seems fair. That would bring Bogaerts[ earnings to $250 million over a nine-year period and at least help rectify the fact that he has been underpaid over the last two seasons.

  • Move Rafael Devers to DH and pay him at a premium

    Oct 3, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) hits a go-ahead two run home run against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 3, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) hits a go-ahead two run home run against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

    If Story and Bogaerts are both on the left side of the infield, well, guess what? Devers won’t be. Part of the reason the Sox haven’t approached Devers about a long-term deal is probably because they don’t want to commit to (and pay) him as a third baseman, where he has ranked near the bottom of qualifying players in many advanced defensive metrics over the last four years. (In the aggregate, he is last among 15 qualifiers over the last four seasons.) The point? Devers’ future is probably as a DH and J.D. Martinez is a free agent at the end of this season. The top designated hitters really make somewhere in the range of $20-$25 million per season. Devers adores Bogaerts – and with good reason. So pay him like a top-of-the-market DH and maybe extend the contract on the longer side. Unlike Story and Bogaerts, Devers bats left-handed. That is critical for the balance of the Boston offense.

  • Move Story to shortstop, where he has more value

    Sep 28, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) fields the ball in the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

    Sep 28, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) fields the ball in the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

    Despite much of what you read and hear, Bogaerts is hardly a problem at shortstop. But Story is better. As long as Story is reasonably productive away from Coors Field – and this is always a concern with any former member of the Rockies – his contract with the Red Sox is completely in line with his value. Right now, he is one of the higher-paid second basemen in the game. If he moves to short, the Red Sox will get better value on the deal (which Story signed up for). By moving Story and Devers to shortstop and DH, respectively, the Red Sox can get much better value on those contracts and justify paying Bogaerts at the top of the market as the face and leader of the team.


Red Sox reach deals, avoid arbitration with five players

  • With the deadline to sign players to contracts before arbitration approaching on Monday, the Red Sox reached agreements with five players on Monday.

  • Rafael Devers

    Jun 14, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) hits a walk off single during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

    Jun 14, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) hits a walk off single during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

    The Red Sox and Rafael Devers agreed to a one-year contract on Monday worth $11.2 million, according to multiple sources. Reports initially believed that the sides did not reach a deal before coming back at the eleventh hour to get an agreement done. Devers shined last season, making his first All-Star appearance while belting 38 home runs with a .890 OPS. Playing with an injured right arm, Devers still hit five home runs and drove in 12 runs in the postseason.

  • Christian Arroyo

    Jul 5, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Christian Arroyo (39) reaches home after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

    Jul 5, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Christian Arroyo (39) reaches home after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

    Arroyo reached a deal with the Red Sox on a one-year contract for $1.2 million. In 57 games last season, Arroyo was productive with a .769 OPS and came up with clutch hits such as his go-ahead grand slam in Atlanta last summer. With the signing of Trevor Story, Arroyo will likely step into a utility role in 2022.

  • Alex Verdugo

    Apr 14, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Alex Verdugo (99) hits a single in the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

    Apr 14, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Alex Verdugo (99) hits a single in the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

    Alex Verdugo’s one-year deal is reportedly for $3.55 million. In his first 162-game season with the club, Verdugo stepped up in the Boston outfield, hitting .289 with a .777 OPS and 88 runs scored in 146 games. Verdugo looks to continue to grow in his third season in a Red Sox uniform.

  • Nick Pivetta

    May 20, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, CAN; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nick Pivetta (37) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

    May 20, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, CAN; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nick Pivetta (37) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

    Pivetta’s deal is for $2.65 million, per multiple reports. After being acquired from the Phillies at the trade deadline in 2020, Pivetta worked his way into the rotation with a 9-8 record and 10.2 K/9 in 30 starts. Pivetta gained praise for his heroic performance out of the bullpen in game three of the ALDS against Tampa Bay that led to a walk-off and eventual series win for Boston.

  • Josh Taylor

    Jun 23, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Josh Taylor (38) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    Jun 23, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Josh Taylor (38) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    Taylor’s deal is reportedly for $1.025 million. Taylor served as Boston’s go-to lefty reliever in 2021, pitching to a 3.40 ERA and striking out 60 batters in 47.2 IP. Taylor will once again serve as a high-leverage reliever in Alex Cora’s bullpen in 2022.

New dates for Red Sox Spring Training, Opening Day, home opener

  • Major League Baseball is officially back from what ended up being a 99-day lockout, meaning the Red Sox will be returning to action soon. However, with time lost to the work stoppage, the MLB calendar for March and April had to be adjusted.

    The league still plans to play a 162 game season, but Spring Training and Opening Day have now been pushed back. Those games set to be played the first two weeks of the year will be made up during the season.

    It will be a 27-day build-up from the end of the lockout to the beginning of the regular season. Here’s the important dates to know along the way.

  • Free agency – Now

    Feb 27, 2020; Fort Myers, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox general manager Chaim Bloom takes questions from reporters during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

    Free agency is already underway, having officially begun at 7 p.m. Thursday night. You can find a list of potential Red Sox free agents here. In addition, teams can negotiate with their own players about contract extensions – which is something to watch for between the Red Sox and 25-year-old third baseman Rafael Devers.

  • Players report to Spring Training – March 13

    Feb 22, 2021; Lee County, Florida, USA; A general view as players walk onto the field during Boston Red Sox spring training at Jet Blue Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

    The latest players can report to Spring Training is this Sunday, Mar. 13. However, some players are already in Fort Myers and have begun working out.

  • Spring Training games begin – March 17-18

    Feb 24, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; A general view of the left field wall aka the green monster at JetBlue Park prior to the spring training game between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

    The exact schedule is still being worked out, but Spring Training camps will begin late next week. It’s unknown how much of the previous schedule will hold up, but the Red Sox are currently set to play the Toronto Blue Jays Mar. 18 at 1:05 p.m. at JetBlue Park.

  • Opening Day – April 7

    Jun 4, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) celebrates his three run home run against the New York Yankees with Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    Ultimately, Opening Day ended up being pushed back a total of eight days, from Mar. 31 to Apr. 7. Now, the Red Sox open their season with a three-game series in the Bronx against the Yankees. The first game will be on Thursday, with Friday set as an off day incase of inclement weather. The series will resume Saturday and Sunday.

  • Home opener – April 15

    Apr 5, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Four F-16’s from the 134th Fighter Squadron from Burlington, Vermont’s Air National Guard do a fly-over before the start of the of the Boston Red Sox home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

    After stops in New York and Detroit, the Red Sox finally return to Boston a week into the season. Patriots’ Day weekend begins with the Red Sox home opener against the Twins on Friday at 2 p.m. (the game was originally scheduled for 7:00). It’s the first of a four-game series, which wraps up the morning of Marathon Monday. The Red Sox will play a seven-game home stand against Minnesota and Toronto – their only home games in the month of April.

  • Make-up games

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 05: A view of a sunset behind the grandstand and Fenway Park sign during the second inning of the game between the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 05, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    At some point, the Red Sox will need to make up the games from the first weeks of the season – three against the Rays and three against the Orioles. All six games were scheduled to be played at Fenway Park.

    Although those makeup dates haven’t been set, the league announced all games from the first week will be played as double-headers later in the season. The Orioles will be at Fenway May 27-30 and Sept. 27-29, with Tampa coming to Boston July 4-6 and Aug. 26-28.

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