BOSTON (WHDH) — Bostonians Nathan Eovaldi and Xander Bogaerts have turned down qualifying offers from the Red Sox, a not-unexpected bump on the road to efforts to bring back the free agents for 2023.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the pitcher and shortstop both turned down their offers Tuesday night, with other notable declines across the league including Aaron Judge and Jacob deGrom.
Bogaerts had pulled out of his contract last week to become a free agent, three seasons after his six-year, $132 million deal with the team. In addition to the qualifying offer, he has reportedly been considering an 8-year deal worth $225 million.
In the case of Eovaldi, MLB.com reports that the right-handed pitcher is also looking for a raise and a multi-year contract after turning down the team’s $19.65 million qualifying offer. The short-term offer would have been just $2 million more than his annual salary of $17 million. Reports suggest Eovaldi is entertaining a multi-year contract offer from the team alongside the qualifying offer.
Back in 2018, Eovaldi signed a four-year, $68 million deal with Boston after winning a World Series season. In 2022, the 32-year-old won 6-3 in 20 starts despite a stint on the injured list.
If either player signs with another team, the Red Sox will receive a compensatory draft pick after the 4th round.
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