Boston Red Sox face easy decisions on Rafael Devers, others ahead of Tuesday’s no-bid deadline, but could sign a cut free agent elsewhere (preview)

While the Red Sox remain largely out of the free agent frenzy that has dominated baseball in recent days, they still have business to deal with Tuesday night. 8 p.m. ET represents the deadline for teams to bid on contracts to players eligible for arbitration – or not to bid on them, making them free agents immediately.

Unlike in previous years, the Sox don’t have a lot of tough decisions to make before 8 p.m. Almost all of their arbitrator-eligible players are the obvious ones to remember, especially their expected salaries for 2022. Yes, a surprise decision could come. … but it is unlikely. Here’s a look at what to expect by the end of the day.

Which players are eligible for arbitration?

The Red Sox have nine players eligible for arbitration. Here they are, with their projected salaries in 2022 (according to

* 3B Rafael Devers – $ 11.1M

* FROM Hunter Renfroe – $ 7.6M

* RHP Nick Pivetta – $ 3.2 million

* From Alex Verdugo – $ 3.2M

* C Kevin Plabecki – $ 2M

* RHP Ryan Brasier – $ 1.4M

* 2B Christian Arroyo – $ 1.1 M

* LHP Josh Taylor – $ 1.1 million

* FROM Tim Locastro – $ 700,000

Of this group, there are absolute idiots (Devers, Pivetta, Verdugo and Taylor) as well as guys who are very likely to be tendered (Brasier, Renfroe, Plawecki and Arroyo). Theoretically, the Sox could surprise everyone by cutting the bait with any of those last four players if they have a cheaper option lined up elsewhere, but that seems unlikely at this point. Renfroe could be a business candidate, especially if the Red Sox want to improve their outfield and capitalize on a strong season. But they could still trade it after Tuesday, even if they bid on a contract.

Locastro, which was claimed on waivers from the Yankees in November, may not be tendered. Obviously, his $ 700,000 projection isn’t going to break the bank, but Boston could be looking to push him back on a cheaper deal or move on and open a 40-man roster.

It’s important to note that surprises happen every year around this deadline, so they’re always possible – but unlikely with this group of players.

Could someone else not bid?

All players eligible for Boston pre-arbitration may also not be tendered. There aren’t really any good candidates for this scenario considering how cheap these guys are. Of all the players in the 40-man roster, infielder Jonathan Araúz and reliever Phillips Valdez might make sense as a non-tender, but it would be a surprise to see either. ‘other cut.

What’s the next step for the bidding players?

Any player eligible for arbitration who is offered a contract remains in the squad’s control, but still has to negotiate a salary for 2022. The Sox will try to make deals with all of these guys at different times, including before the deadline for the tender, which means it is possible that some deals will be made on Tuesday.

A decision to bid a player has little bearing on their long-term status with the team. This is especially important in the case of Devers, who are a prime candidate for a long-term extension. As MassLive reported on Monday, the Sox and Devers have made no progress towards overtime since the end of the season. The parties would not be able to speak during a work stoppage, but should discuss once things are settled (probably during spring training).

Why is this deadline important for the Red Sox?

The Red Sox don’t have obvious non-competitive candidates, but other teams do. On’s potential non-bid list, there are a ton of notable names including Ryan Yarbrough of Tampa Bay, Matthew Boyd of Detroit, Luke Voit of the Yankees, Taylor Rogers of Minnesota, Sean Newcomb of ‘Atlanta, Amir Garrett of Cincinnati and others. Others, like Colorado’s Daniel Bard, Yankees’ Gary Sanchez and Atlanta’s Adam Duvall, could also hit the market – flooding free agencies with even more players looking for contracts.

Look for the Red Sox to be some of the non-bidding players, just like they were last year when they rushed to sign Renfroe and right-hander Matt Andriese. With the prospect of a work stoppage looming in just over 24 hours, it’s possible that a bunch of these guys will be looking for new offers sooner rather than later, and the Red Sox should be involved.

Related links:

Boston Red Sox and Rafael Devers have made no progress on contract extension since the end of the season

Boston Red Sox unlikely to sign free agent Chris Taylor, who could sign before Wednesday’s ABC deadline

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