Triston Casas, a future cornerstone at first base in Boston, spoke with WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford this weekend and expressed openness to discussing a long-term contract extension with the Red Sox. Alas, those talks are not really underway in any form…
“It’s not. Anything,” Casas told Bradford. “I didn’t think about it. No one has contacted me about it. And my reps never even mentioned it [Red Sox GM Chaim Bloom] or anyone in the front office. I’m just focused on playing this year and we’ll see where it goes. It happens, it happens. I would love to stay in Boston the rest of my life. I love the city the little taste I have of it. I don’t know anywhere else and I don’t want to. We’ll see what happens in a few years. We hope that something will be done, but if we don’t, we will go from there.”
The idea here would be to secure Casas through all of his pre-arbitration and arbitration-eligible years and likely buy him at least a few seasons of free agency. Bradford notes the “lead of deals in seven or more years” the Braves have made with the likes of Spencer Strider, Michael Harris, Austin Riley, Ozzie Albiesand Ronald Acuna Jr.
Many of these extensions were – and are – considered extremely staff-friendly across the industry. And none of them compare naturally to what the Red Sox might be looking to do with Casas. He has appeared in just 27 major league games so far and will still have rookie status going into the 2023 campaign. Albies, for example, signed his seven-year, $35MM deal with Atlanta in April 2019, after more logged more than 215 games at the highest level in football. Ke’Bryan HayesThe Pirates’ long-term hope at third base, inked an eight-year, $70MM deal with Pittsburgh last April, exactly 120 games into his MLB career.
Casas flashed good power in his first taste of big league action down the stretch in 2022, clubbing five home runs with a .766 OPS over 95 plate appearances. Granted, his batting average only came in at .197. Before his promotion on Sept. 4, the 23-year-old consensus top-35 prospect registered a .273/.382/.481 batting line in 317 plate appearances at Triple-A Worcester.
Maybe something will happen on the extension front when Casas arrives at Red Sox camp in the spring. Or the wait could be a little longer than that. But the goal is to make sure it doesn’t slip away from the organization because Xander Bogaerts made or built up the type of negotiating power a Rafael Deverswho ordered a ten-year, $313.5MM in new money from the Sox earlier this month.