On Thursday, Red Sox legend David Ortiz made his opinions about Rafael Devers known to the public. In no time at all, the gushing praise from the soon-to-be Hall of Famer reverberated back to the 25-year-old Devers.
Ortiz thinks Devers is “one of the best three pure hitters in the game right now,” and the current Red Sox third baseman was undoubtedly thankful for the compliments he received from his fellow Dominican Republic native.
“It was amazing to witness him talking about me in the way he did… “We know what he means for baseball and for the Dominican Republic,” Devers told MassLive’s Chris Cotillo through interpreter Carlos Villoria Benitez. “It makes me delighted to be a part of that kind of discussion,” she said.
This season, Devers has grown into one of the greatest players in the league. The slugging lefty had a.327 hitting average, 20 home runs, and 52 RBIs going into Friday’s game against the New York Yankees.
After this season, Devers’ contract expires, making him an unrestricted free agent, while teammate Xander Bogaerts is entering the final year of his agreement. Ortiz pleaded with the Red Sox to keep both players, but Devers knows Big Papi isn’t in charge of making contract choices for the Red Sox.
Raffy makes it look so easy. pic.twitter.com/gLmZ3ZbRhX
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 15, 2022
But “we know he doesn’t have the control over that with either Bogey or me,” Devers stated to Cotillo. “We know the team has control and we’ll see what happens in the future,” he said.
Devers, who will play in his second consecutive All-Star game, is putting himself in a position to earn a sizable sum in the future. Devers, on the other hand, hopes that comes from the Red Sox.
“If that can happen, that would be fantastic,” Devers stated, according to Cotillo. “We are familiar with Boston’s character. If it were up to me, I’d be here for the rest of my career. To play in this city is a joy; the spectators are enthusiastic, and the ballpark is beautiful. Everything about the organization is wonderful, and I sincerely hope that I can complete my professional career here because that is my goal.”
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