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The Boston Red Sox signed outfielder Enrique Hernandez to a one-year contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.

The deal is worth $10 million, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. It’s a straight extension and doesn’t contain any option years, a source told Chris Cotillo of MassLive.

Hernandez was scheduled to hit free agency this summer. Hip injuries this season have limited the 31-year-old to 67 games, during which he’s slashed .222/.359/.646 with six home runs and 37 RBIs.

He joined the Red Sox prior to the 2021 campaign after six years with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hernandez’s debut season with Boston was the most productive of his career, as he racked up 4.9 WAR in the regular season before hitting five home runs during a postseason run to the ALCS.

Boston hasn’t sustained those winning ways in 2022, currently sitting last in the ultra-competitive American League East with a 67-69 record. The Red Sox face a critical offseason this winter as shortstop Xander Bogaerts is expected to opt out of his current contract, while fellow core star Rafael Devers is eligible for an extension.

Boston Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy doesn’t intend to dismiss manager Alex Cora or chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom despite a disappointing season.

“I am very comfortable saying Chaim and Alex will be back. And I am very comfortable saying there is a strong belief in the direction of the franchise from our ownership group,” Kennedy said Monday, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. “That direction is continuing to build for the future but also continuing to invest at the major-league level.”

Cora is under contract for two more seasons, while Bloom has at least another year left under his current deal, sources told Rosenthal.

Boston entered Monday’s action sitting in the AL East basement. However, Kennedy insists the goal is to win a title and expects the club to add during the offseason.

“I see us continuing to invest across the entire organization, at the major-league level, throughout our baseball operations. This group is hungry for another World Series championship,” Kennedy said. “And we’ve got, in my opinion, the best baseball operations group, the best staff in that dugout, an amazing manager in Alex Cora, Chaim, and (team executives) Brian O’Halloran and Raquel (Ferreira) and Eddie (Romero).

“The whole group is outstanding. I know we’re in a tough spot right now. But we have a lot of flexibility going into this offseason. I’m really excited to see what we’re going to do with that flexibility and the resources we have.”

J.D. MartinezXander Bogaerts, and Nathan Eovaldi are key players likely to test free agency after the season is over.

Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale had surgery on his right wrist Monday to repair a fracture after being involved in a bicycle accident, the club announced Tuesday.

Sale will miss the rest of the season, but he’s expected to be ready for spring training in 2023.

Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said Sale was hurt Saturday after jumping on a bike to grab lunch following a throwing session, according to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe. The pitcher fell off the bike when he hit something riding down a hill, according to Bloom.

“You couldn’t make this up. … We’re relieved this wasn’t worse. … It’s been such a run of bad luck for him and for us,” Bloom said.

Sale only made two starts during the 2022 campaign due to multiple injuries. Before Saturday’s accident, the seven-time All-Star was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his rib in March, suffered a setback in May, and broke his left pinkie finger in a game in July.

“We need to dispatch some people to find whoever has the Chris Sale voodoo doll and recover it,” Bloom said, according to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo.

Sale made nine starts in 2021 after coming back from Tommy John surgery.

The 33-year-old has logged 195 2/3 innings since signing a five-year, $145-million extension in March 2019.

The San Diego Padres are trading first baseman Eric Hosmer to the Boston Red Sox, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Boston is also getting prospects Max Ferguson and Corey Rosier, while left-hander Jay Groome is heading to the Padres in return, according to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo.

San Diego will reportedly pay down a significant portion of Hosmer’s remaining contract.

Hosmer heads to Boston after reportedly rejecting a trade to the Washington Nationals as part of a deal for Juan Soto earlier Tuesday.

The 32-year-old owns a .272/.336/.391 slash line with eight homers, 16 doubles, and 40 RBIs in 90 games this season. He should help improve first base for the Red Sox, as Boston’s first basemen have combined for minus-1.1 WAR and 75 wRC+ this campaign, according to FanGraphs.

Hosmer signed an eight-year, $144-million deal with San Diego before the 2018 season. It was the largest contract in Padres history at the time.

The four-time Gold Glover hit .265/.325/.411 with 69 homers and 309 RBIs during his Padres tenure. He won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals in 2015.

Hosmer’s acquisition is the latest move Boston’s front office has made in recent days. The Red Sox traded catcher Christian Vazquez and left-hander Jake Diekman while acquiring outfielder Tommy Pham and catcher Reese McGuire on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Groome is the No. 13 prospect in the Red Sox system, according to Baseball America. The former first-rounder owns a 3.52 ERA with 9.5 K/9 in Double-A this season.

Ferguson and Rosier weren’t in the Padres’ top 30 for prospects.

The Cincinnati Reds traded outfielder Tommy Pham to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the clubs announced Monday.

Pham, 34, is hitting .238/.320/.374 with 11 homers and seven stolen bases over 91 games this season.

Once an underappreciated corner outfielder, Pham has shown signs of regression in recent years. Despite owning a 118 career wRC+, he’s posted a 95 wRC+ over the past three seasons with 29 homers and 27 steals over 277 games.

Boston’s outfield ranks 27th this season by FanGraphs WAR. Alex Verdugo has struggled to a .269/.308/.376 slash line with six homers.

The Red Sox were second in the AL East as recently as July 11 but seem to have pivoted toward selling after plummeting to last place. They are reportedly sending long-time catcher Christian Vazquez to the Houston Astros.

Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez doesn’t sound like he’s ready to be dealt after potentially playing his last game with Boston before the Aug. 2 trade deadline.

“I want to make this as hard on Chaim (Bloom) as possible,” Martinez said Sunday following a two-hit performance in a win against the Milwaukee Brewers, according to Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic.

Martinez, who’s slated to become a free agent after this season, has had his name mentioned more frequently in trade rumors as the Red Sox continue to struggle.

Boston is asking for a top-five prospect, one MLB player, and an additional piece and/or cash in return for Martinez, reports Pat Ragazzo of Sports Illustrated.

The five-time All-Star also acknowledged he’s aware things could change quickly in the next few days, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe.

Martinez has been with the Red Sox since 2018, slashing .295/.366/.534 with 123 homers and 400 RBIs over 585 games.

Getting traded is a tough pill to swallow. But when you’re moved for one of the best in the league, as Boston Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo was, it certainly makes it slightly easier.

“Honestly, I was upset about the trade,” Verdugo told MassLive’s Chris Cotillo. “I didn’t think I was going to get traded from the Dodgers, and I didn’t feel like I should have been the guy to get traded. Obviously, being traded, you do sit back and say, ‘At least, I got traded for fucking Mookie Betts.'”

Verdugo was the key piece in a three-player haul with Jeter Downs and Connor Wong that sent Betts and David Price to the Dodgers prior to the 2020 season.

“But yeah, I never had that ‘Holy shit!’ moment,” the outfielder added. “I just figured, shit, I got traded, man, this sucks. Then I came over here and was like, ‘Holy shit, this was a blessing.’ I love it over here. The Red Sox have been nothing but great to me, have taken care of me. From the teammates to the staff to the coaching, it has been amazing.”

The 26-year-old has become a crucial member of a Red Sox club that improbably made it to the American League Championship Series last year. After a rough start to the 2022 campaign, Boston now sits atop the AL wild-card standings at 41-31, 11 games back of the division-leading New York Yankees.

Verdugo, who earned down-ballot MVP consideration in 2020, has somewhat struggled this season, hitting .251/.293/.373 – all career lows – with five homers over 66 contests.

Betts, meanwhile, looked to be headed toward MVP consideration in 2022, authoring a .884 OPS in 60 games before landing on the injured list with a fractured rib. The five-time All-Star won an MVP as a member of the Red Sox in 2018 and finished as the runner-up for the award in 2016.

The Boston Red Sox rewarded right-hander Garrett Whitlock with a four-year contract extension that also includes club options in 2027 and 2028, the team announced Sunday.

The deal, which will take effect next season, is worth $18.75 million in guaranteed money, a source told MassLive’s Chris Cotillo. Whitlock can earn a total of $44.5 million over the life of the contract through options and various incentive clauses, according to Cotillo.

The two club options can also increase to a maximum of $4 million through escalator clauses based on innings pitched and awards, according to Cotillo and ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel.

Whitlock’s contract will cover all three of his arbitration years. If both club options are exercised, he won’t be eligible for free agency for an extra two seasons. He’ll also remain eligible for the pre-arbitration bonus pool over the next two campaigns, according to WEEI’s Rob Bradford.

Boston selected Whitlock from the New York Yankees in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft while he was still recovering from Tommy John surgery. After returning to full health, the 25-year-old emerged as an important bullpen weapon for manager Alex Cora, posting a 1.96 ERA, 2.84 FIP, and 1.10 WHIP with 81 strikeouts and two saves during his rookie season.

Whitlock continued his stellar performance in the playoffs, posting a 2.16 ERA in five October appearances to help the Red Sox reach the ALCS.

Rafael Devers hasn’t received a contract extension offer from the Boston Red Sox, the third baseman told WEEI’s Rob Bradford on Wednesday.

The one-time All-Star said there haven’t been talks between the two sides since they agreed to a one-year, $11.2-million contract prior to Tuesday’s arbitration deadline.

“It was tough, obviously, having to go back and forth about what my worth was because we have other guys, they were saying, ‘This is what they are slotted at.’ But I was like, ‘That’s not me. I’m a different player and I know the type of player that I am.’ That’s really what it was,” Devers said.

The 25-year-old is open to a Red Sox extension but won’t discuss one once the season starts. He also said his value should reflect his performance, not what similar players receive. Devers had another outstanding campaign in 2021, posting an .890 OPS with 38 home runs and 113 RBIs. He’s eligible for free agency in 2024.

“We all want to make a lot more money because of the performance and what we do for the team,” the Dominican infielder said. “That’s something that may be hard at first, but you know your worth, and I know my worth. What it comes down to is: I know the type of money I should be making, so that’s what I’m focused on.”

He added: “I’m not focused on what other guys are making or what they are doing. I’m more focused on what I’m doing on the field and what I’m worth. That’s why, when it comes to those type of talks where they are trying to compare different types of players, that doesn’t matter to me because I know who I am.”

The Boston Red Sox and infielder Trevor Story have agreed to terms on a six-year, $140-million deal, a source told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Story’s deal includes a player opt-out after Year 4, which the Red Sox can negate by picking up the pact’s seventh-year option, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman. The contract reportedly becomes a $160-million agreement if Boston exercises the seventh-year option.

The deal does not contain no-trade provisions, Sherman adds.

The 29-year-old will shift from shortstop to second base, according to The Athletic’s Jim BowdenXander Bogaerts currently plays shortstop for the Red Sox, but he can opt out of his contract after the 2022 season.

Story has never played any position but shortstop throughout his big-league career.

The two-time All-Star is coming off a down year at the plate that saw him hit .251/.329/.471 with 24 home runs, 34 doubles, and 75 RBIs for the Colorado Rockies.

Colorado was willing to pay Story more than $140 million on a new deal, but it’s believed he thinks Boston provides a better opportunity to win, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Several teams were connected to Story throughout the offseason, with the Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants among the finalists, reports Sherman.

Story maintained solid defense and ranked fourth in defensive runs saved among MLB shortstops in 2021, though his arm strength declined.

The Texan slashed .272/.340/.523 with 158 homers and 450 RBIs over six years with the Rockies after they drafted him in 2011. Though his numbers at hitter-friendly Coors Field were outstanding (95 HRs, .972 OPS), they were inferior on the road (63 HRs, .752 OPS) in a similar number of plate appearances.