Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers has avoided arbitration after agreeing to a one-year contract for next season.
Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Devers will earn $17.5 million in 2023.
Passan noted the agreement doesn’t preclude the two sides from negotiating a long-term extension.
“The fact that the sides got this deal done shows discussions,” Passan wrote.
Devers earned $11.2 million in 2022 with one more year of arbitration left on his contract before he was set to hit free agency in 2024. Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported in October that the two sides were far apart in contract negotiations.