Another Big Money Extension for a Soon-to-Be Free Agent: Xander Bogaerts Getting 6/$120M

What once looked like an extremely enticing free agent class now looks like it’ll be an especially thin year.

Another big name is off the board:

The deal for shortstop Xander Bogaerts reportedly kicks in after this season (in which Bogaerts makes $12 million), so it’s more like a six-year, $120 million extension for 2020-2025.

Bogaerts, 26, has a career arc that looks a lot like Javy Baez – a young, hyped shortstop prospect who takes a little while to establish himself as an above-average regular in the big leagues, and then breaks out with a huge offensive season in 2018. Bogaerts was closer to free agency and was a little better a little sooner than Baez, but I mention it because this deal probably sets up the conversation on an extension (i.e., $20 million AAV on the free agent years) if the Cubs wanted to talk to Baez.

As for the extension season, Bogaerts joins this absurd list: Kyle Hendricks, Alex BregmanEloy JimenezAaron NolaMax KeplerJorge PolancoLuis SeverinoNolan ArenadoMike TroutPaul GoldschmidtMiles MikolasBlake SnellJustin Verlander, Chris Sale, and Jacob deGrom.

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