The class of impending free agents at the end of this baseball season is about to lose another marquee player.
The Boston Red Sox are close to locking up All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts to a six-year, $120 million contract extension, a person with direct knowledge of the agreement told USA TODAY Sports' Bob Nightengale. The person spoke only on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
Bogaerts, 26, hit .288 with a career-high 23 home runs and 103 RBI last season as the Red Sox won the World Series. He finished 13th in the voting for American League MVP.
In addition to an American League All-Star berth in 2016 and a pair of World Series rings, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has also won a pair of Silver Slugger awards as the league's top offensive shortstop. (Photo: Joe Nicholson, USA TODAY Sports)
Bogaerts already is earning $12 million for this year. The new contract will begin with the 2020 season and run through 2025.
Already this offseason, potential free agent Nolan Arenado has signed an eight-year, $260 million extension to remain with the Colorado Rockies, Paul Goldschmidt has signed a five-year, $130 million extension with the St. Louis Cardinals, Justin Verlander has signed a two-year, $66 million extension with the Houston Astros and the Red Sox locked up Chris Sale on a five-year, $145 million extension.
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