When key Red Sox players could become free agents

Also, a quick look at the team's 2017-2018 free agent list.

With the Red Sox’ season over thanks to a disappointing American League Divisional Series exit against the Astros, attention now turns to the offseason. Fortunately, the core of young talent on the Red Sox roster still has a few years before free agency becomes a concern.

In the short term, here’s the list of Red Sox free agents heading into the 2017-2018 offseason (age in parenthesis):

Fernando Abad, relief pitcher (31)

Blaine Boyer, relief pitcher (36)

Rajai Davis, outfielder (36)

Doug Fister, starting pitcher (33)

Kyle Kendrick, starting pitcher (33)

Mitch Moreland, first baseman (32)

Eduardo Nunez, infielder (30)

Addison Reed, relief pitcher (28)

Fernando Rodriguez, relief pitcher (36)

Chris Young, outfielder (34)

Of the group, Nunez, Moreland and Reed will probably draw the most attention. Still, none of them are likely to be handed particularly large contracts. In that respect, the Red Sox won’t be confronted with the challenge of trying to keep one of the team’s young stars.

Here’s a quick look at when key players are scheduled to become free agents, according to Spotrac:

Andrew Benintendi: Following the 2022 season

Mookie Betts: Following the 2020 season

Xander Bogaerts: Following the 2019 season

Jackie Bradley: Following the 2020 season

Craig Kimbrel: Following the 2018 season (includes a club option for 2018)

Dustin Pedroia: Following the 2021 season

David Price: Following the 2022 season (can opt out after 2018 season)

Hanley Ramirez: Following the 2019 season (includes option for 2019)

Chris Sale: Following the 2019 season (includes club options for 2018 and 2019)

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