Pedro Martinez explains why Xander Bogaerts new contract is great for Red Sox


Boston Red Sox star Xander Bogaerts, in a somewhat surprising move given the timing, recently signed a six-year, $120 million contract extension, and one of the franchise's greatest players is pretty excited the shortstop is sticking around long-term.

You can include Red Sox pitching legend Pedro Martinez in the group of people thrilled about Bogaerts' extension, and he explained his reasoning in a tweet early Tuesday morning.

Martinez makes a lot of good points.

After all, Bogaerts ranks as one of the best young shortstops in baseball, particularly at the plate. He's also won two World Series titles in Boston. Bogaerts, at 26 years old, should have plenty more productive seasons ahead of him, too.

The Red Sox have locked up No. 1 starter Chris Sale and Bogaerts to long-term extensions over the last few weeks as they continue to fortify their roster foundation going forward. There's still a lot more work to do in that regard, however, especially when it comes to Mookie Betts' future in Boston. The reigning American League MVP is the next young star the Red Sox should try to sign to a long-term extension, but that deal might be a lot harder to pull off than Bogaerts'.

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