Dave Dombrowski on contracts: ‘We have no ongoing conversations'


Dave Dombrowski has been adamant that the Boston Red Sox wouldn't discuss contract extensions after Opening Day. It appears that he is being true to his word.

After agreeing to terms with Xander Bogaerts on Opening Day and officially announcing the extension on Monday, the Red Sox are done with contract talks for the season. Per Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald, Dombrowski said the following when asked if he would entertain negotiations at some point in the season. 

“No, I am pretty certain,” he said. “We have no ongoing conversations.”

Dombrowski would go on to elaborate on why he didn't want to negotiate past Opening Day, also per Mastrodonato.

"There’s a reason behind (closing off negotiations during the season),” Dombrowski said. “It’s not like you’re setting the deadline to be like, ‘Oh gosh, I have to be a hard guy in that regard.’ I think contract negotiations can be a distraction for the players, and when we start playing, we want focus to be on the field. So if we had not made progress at that point, at some point we would’ve had to say, ‘We’ll see what happens at the end of the year.’ I think that’s why it’s really important to set that deadline."

This seems like a sensible choice, as the Red Sox will need to worry more about on the field play if they want to repeat as World Series champions.

And it's notable that this has been Dombrowski's mentality regarding extensions throughout the offseason. Even before the Red Sox had extended Chris Sale and Xander Bogaerts, Dombrowski said that negotiations wouldn't continue into the season. Those extensions materialized quickly after those comments. 

If Dombrowski stays firm with his commitment, the Red Sox may end up with some work to do in the offseason. Pitcher Rick Porcello will be a free agent following the season while power hitting J.D. Martinez could opt out of his contract as well. Reportedly, the Red Sox have not discussed a restructured deal with Martinez.

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