Kyle Schwarber has proven to be a valuable asset to the Red Sox by the trade deadline, but the last two months and more could be the only games he’s playing in Boston.
The star slugger could become a free agent this offseason in an interesting way. In January, Schwarber signed a one-year, $ 10 million contract with the Nationals, who traded Schwarber to the Red Sox in July. However, only $ 7 million was Schwarber’s salary for this season, while the remaining 3 million is a guaranteed buyout for 2022, which the Red Sox are now responsible for.
Schwarber also has a mutual option of $ 11 million in his contract for next season. After hitting 32 home runs and 71 RBIs in 113 games with a .266 / .374 / .554 slash line this season, it would likely be in Schwarber’s best interests to step down and hit the agent market. free as a 28-year-old. old man could get a multi-year contract that pays more per year.
If Schwarber decides to step down, the Red Sox would have to pay him the $ 3 million buyout.
Moments after the Red Sox’s loss to the Astros on Friday, Schwarber shared a desire to return to Boston.
“I wish I could tell everyone that I’m going (coming back),” Schwarber said. “I just want to say thank you to the whole group. Being the newcomer isn’t easy, right? The thing is, I’ve never played with any of these guys before. No previous experience. These guys made it so easy for me just to get in. And me being hurt, like, they might all look at me sideways and think why did we swap for a guy who’s hurt, right? “
When the Red Sox acquired Schwarber on July 29, he was still on the injured list with a hamstring injury, delaying his debut with the Red Sox by two weeks.
Once he joined the Red Sox, he immediately became one of their best hitters. In 41 regular-season games in Boston, Schwarber hit seven home runs and hit 18 runs with a .291 / .435 / .522.
Schwarber continued his momentum through much of the playoffs, hitting .313 / .389 / .500 in the Red Sox’s ALDS win over the Rays and a decisive grand slam in ALCS Game 3.
Like the rest of the Red Sox roster, he faltered in the last three games of the series, going 0 for 12 in ALCS Games 4-6. Even though they failed this year, Schwarber sees the potential for this team to break through in the future.
“From AC (Alex Cora) to the coaching staff to the players, to the front office they all let me be myself,” Schwarber said. “This is the most important thing. You come into a great situation and you just want to fit in. You don’t want to be a roadblock or an obstacle. You don’t want to feel like the whole group needs to know you. It’s like I just wanted to fit in and go from there.
“And, I mean, it’s definitely a clubhouse I saw myself wanting to stay in. These guys are amazing. I said this, it’s two World Series teams tackling it. This is a World Series clubhouse, and I would love to see if this opportunity returns. “
If Schwarber returns, a few faces around him might not be around him. JD Martinez could opt out of the final year of his five-year, $ 110 million contract, which could free up room for the Red Sox to re-sign Schwarber. It could also free up places in the roster that Schwarber is more comfortable with, as he could slip into Martinez’s place as the team’s designated main hitter instead of playing first base, than he does. he didn’t play until he joined the Red Sox.
Eduardo Rodriguez, Adam Ottavino and Christian Vazquez are other notable Red Sox players who could become free agents this offseason.
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