3 players the Red Sox can extend to build a semblance of a core

If Boston isn't going to spend money to acquire new players, it might as well extend some of its existing ones.

Aug 29, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA;  Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brayan Bello (66) pitches
Aug 29, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brayan Bello (66) pitches / Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
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The Boston Red Sox front office hasn't kept many of its promises from the beginning of the 2023-24 offseason.

But the men in charge still have time and various ways to make fans happy before the season begins, or even during the season.

For multiple seasons, the Red Sox have touted prospects as the best way to make the team better. The first round of prospects from Chaim Bloom's tenure as chief baseball officer have already made it to the majors, and their impact has been palpable. Some have even worked their way into fan-favorite status.

Boston has an opportunity to make some Braves-style moves. Extend young players early before they have a chance to drive up their value too high and before other teams begin to show interest. The Red Sox have certainly begun to market some of their young stars as if extensions are coming down the pipe for them, but pulling the trigger on a deal is a different story entirely.

Boston has learned that waiting too long to extend players can result in much higher price tags — Red Sox Nation does not need to be reminded of the Mookie Betts fiasco and Xander Bogaerts' departure.

The front office has a chance to make some amends for its past mistakes. Trading Betts can never be fully forgiven, but extending some other homegrown talent would be a great place to start.

3 players the Red Sox can extend to build a semblance of a core