Chaim Bloom clearly doesn’t want to let history repeat itself.
Despite the Red Sox’ efforts, attempts to sign Mookie Betts and Rafael Devers throughout their years leading up to, and going through, arbitration fell short. The result? Betts was dealt, and the team was forced to pay the free-agent rate for Devers.
It’s why Bloom has made it abundantly clear that one of the Red Sox’s priorities will be to lock up their foundational young talent to contract extensions that will avoid at least some of the discomfort that comes with free agency.
They had some success in the form of an extension with Garrett Whitlock, who potentially sacrificed what would be two years of free agent-eligibility to reel in the security of a contract that could extend to six years.
But, now the question pivots to who might be next?
A good candidate might be Tanner Houck, although his true value might be a bit too uncertain due to the undefined status of reliever vs. starter. Brayan Bello is another, even with just 11 big-league starts under his belt.