All-Star shortstop gets $120M extension with Red Sox

The class of impending free agents at the end of this baseball season is about to lose another marquee player.

The Boston Red Sox locked up All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts to a six-year, $120 million contract extension, the club announced on Monday.

Bogaerts, 26, hit .288 with a career-high 23 home runs and 103 RBI last season as the Red Sox won the World Series. He finished 13th in the voting for American League MVP.

Bogaerts already is earning $12 million for this year. The new contract begins with the 2020 season and run through 2025.

Already this offseason, potential free agent Nolan Arenado has signed an eight-year, $260 million extension to remain with the Colorado Rockies, Paul Goldschmidt has signed a five-year, $130 million extension with the St. Louis Cardinals, Justin Verlander has signed a two-year, $66 million extension with the Houston Astros and the Red Sox locked up Chris Sale on a five-year, $145 million extension.

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