Boston’s Long-Term Commitments

The Red Sox announced their extension with Adrian Gonzalez today, less than a week after locking Clay Buchholz up to a long-term deal of his own. The Red Sox will see at least six players hit free agency after the season, while others are under team control for many years to come. Here's a look how long the Red Sox have their current 25-man roster under team control:

Through 2011: J.D. Drew, David Ortiz, Mike Cameron, Jonathan Papelbon, Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek

Through 2012: Bobby Jenks, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Marco Scutaro (option), Dan Wheeler (club option)

Through 2013: Kevin Youkilis, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Albers (currently on DL)

Through 2014: Josh Beckett, Jon Lester (club option), John Lackey, Alfredo Aceves, Jed Lowrie

Through 2015: Dustin Pedroia (club option), Daniel Bard, Darnell McDonald

Through 2016: Felix Doubront

Through 2017: Carl Crawford, Clay Buchholz (club option)

Through 2018: Adrian Gonzalez

Boston may cut ties with some of their arbitration eligible players before they pick up six years of MLB service, but I've listed the current period of team control. With their recent long-term deals, the Red Sox have extended control over their core players. Drew, Ortiz and Papelbon are eligible for free agency after the coming season and after that it appears that Youkilis will be the next major contributor to hit the open market.


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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

i like all of them, but i am very happy to be losing drew ortiz cameron and papelbon. that’s what, $46M right there? thanks and good luck

4 years 3 months ago

Drew & Ortiz are at least playing this year (3rd & 4th best Sox avg so far, both in the top 6 Sox OBP too). Paps is starting strong, but will cost too much (unless no one else signs him and we get a deal at the end).

I think if David plays well this year, he’ll be extended year to year (as long as he continues to produce) at a much reduced DH rate (like Vlad & Manny were this year).

We should definitely see some savings though.

MB923
4 years 3 months ago

I’d be stunned if Dice-K is in a Red Sox uniform in 2013

MaineSox
4 years 3 months ago

So would everyone else; that would mean they re-signed him, and that wont happen.

4 years 3 months ago

I’d be stunned if he makes it thru 2011…

notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

i know, right? i bet he, phil hughes, and francisco liriano will all retire this year!

BoSoxSam
4 years 3 months ago

Wait, what?

notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

hughes and liriano are off to worse starts than matsuzaka, but he’s the only one people crap their pants about

none of them will retire or be DFA’d. it’s been 3 starts (2 in dice-k’s case)

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

hughes won’t be making any starts soon, yanks placed him on the DL with a dead arm.

john12121212
4 years 3 months ago

I would be surprised if he makes it through June

formerdraftpick
4 years 3 months ago

Dice-K for Doumit?

Fangaffes
4 years 3 months ago

I’d gladly take that … as long as no money changes hands. I doubt if Pittsburgh would.

East Coast Bias
4 years 3 months ago

Anyone else think they should lock up Youk to a long(er) term deal? I just don’t see anyone fusing that lineup together like he can. A lot of my Boston hate comes from watching his at bat, and I’d like to continue that sentiment going forward…

Fangaffes
4 years 3 months ago

Youk will be 34 in 2013. He may be somewhat cheaper to extend if they wait until then.

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

I just hate his stance so much.

pretty damn underrated ball player though

notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

he is going to hit 3 HR tonight just to spite you

speaking of which, i just looked at the jays schedule: 4 at boston, 2 with nyy, 3 with tb, 4 at texas, 3 at yankees, 3 at rays

jesus

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

this has been going on for 15 years I’m used to it ..

but Boston’s (.182) and TB’s (.333) so there’s that, right?

lol rough stretch for sure, hopefully Morrow and Francisco will be back up for new york next week.

notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

boston’s had two days off now and i’m pretty sure they’ve been all lifting weights and doing cocaine the whole time. they’re going to come out all crazy tonight

not sure if that means a win though

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

cecil vs buchholz

based on early projections… perhaps both teams lose?

johnsilver
4 years 3 months ago

Think you been reading Bill Le”s bokk and his Marijuana covered pancake days, plus Loyal order of the Buffalo club group they used to have back in the 70’s some of the team belonged to. Jenkins, Carbo, Lee, few others that were a bit “off” and may have been like that.

Nice joke there tho. what you described may be exactly what this team needs to get going.

East Coast Bias
4 years 3 months ago

Yep, I think Youk and Konerko top my list of underrated ball players right now.

DeManiac
4 years 3 months ago

Anyone have any idea why the Sox locked up Darnell McDonald until 2015?

formerdraftpick
4 years 3 months ago

Simply, his power numbers. He also became the first ever member of the Red Sox to collect a game-winning RBI in his debut with the club. You have to lock up legacy and legends. Boggs, Evans, Yastrzemski, Cronin, Williams, Rice, Fisk, and now Darnell McDonald. He’s like the little version of Big Papi.

Early_Riser
4 years 3 months ago

McDonald is a FA after 2011, but he’s under the 6 years service time required for UFA so they probably just control him through 2015.

0bsessions
4 years 3 months ago

For the sake of a serious answer:

They didn’t lock him up, he just doesn’t have the service time to qualify for free agency any sooner.

DeManiac
4 years 3 months ago

Was just an oddball name that stood out on that list.. thanks for the clarity.

whitesoxfan424
4 years 3 months ago

Who’s Felix Doubront, and how old is he?

grant77
4 years 3 months ago

23 year old lefty, probably a long reliever or meh 5th starter if things work out.

grant77
4 years 3 months ago

I wonder if Youkilis hits the trade block in the offseason? He can’t play third, period, but they have no choice but to ride it out for this year. I guess you can let Ortiz go and put him at DH, but that’s a waste of a good 1B glove. This Gonzalez trade/signing was a real slap in the face to him, he can’t be too happy.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 3 months ago

Nice try! youk is one of the better fielding 3G in the game! Go to Yankee Stadium if you want to see several subpar defensive infielders! Worst defensive infield outside of Tex in baseball. And Youk loves Boston and wouldn’t be surprised to see him be a sox for life

MaineSox
4 years 3 months ago

Youk isn’t unbearable at 3B, and has actually said he prefers playing 3rd, that is the position he came up through the system playing after all. It wasn’t a slap to the face and there aren’t any hard feelings, quite the opposite actually, Youk is happy to have Gonzalez in Boston and to be playing 3rd.

grant77
4 years 3 months ago

Lol, 3 outs turned into hits off of Youkilis’ glove tonight. Only a Boston fan could say he is anything but AWFUL at third.

MaineSox
4 years 3 months ago

First of all I didn’t see any misplays by Youk tonight, but I did miss a couple of innings. Second of all are you seriously using one game, or even the two weeks they have played so far to judge how good a player is?

You are also ignoring the fact that he wants to play third, so he’s not upset about it, and the fact that he’s one of the better all around hitters out there, so the Sox aren’t going to be in any hurry to trade him either.