Devers and the Red Sox avoided arbitration Friday by coming to terms on a one-year, $4.575 million deal, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Devers was decent but hardly dominant in 2020, posting a .263/.310/.483 slash line with career worsts in both walk rate (5.2 percent) and strikeout rate (27.0 percent). His 109 wRC+ fell roughly at the midpoint between his poor 2018 season (90 wRC+) and his strong 2019 campaign (132 wRC+). The Red Sox will be hoping that the 24-year-old's 2019 form best represents who he'll be going forward.
Devers entered Friday's game as a pinch hitter, played third base and went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in an 8-7 loss to the Braves. Devers also committed his 14th error of the season, giving him an .887 fielding percentage. He's recovered from a slow start produce a strong overall offensive season, but Devers has regressed in the field. Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke told Ian Browne of MLB.com that Devers has the tools in the field but has mental lapses. Bobby Dalbec started Friday's game at third base and is considered above-average defensively at the hot corner, better than Devers.
Devers is not in the lineup Friday against Atlanta. The Red Sox haven't been in the playoff race for quite some time, so they have little reason to play their best players every day. Devers sits for this contest, though there haven't been reports that he's injured, so he'll presumably return Saturday.
Devers went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in Thursday's 5-3 victory over the Marlins. Devers handed his team three insurance runs in the seventh inning, leaving the yard for the 11th time this season. The 23-year-old is enjoying a 10-game hitting streak, cracking five homers and driving in 14 over that stretch.
Devers went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored Thursday against the Rays. Devers took Josh Fleming yard in the the third inning to record his 10th homer of the season. He now has four long balls in his past four games, also driving in nine runs and scoring four times. After a slow start to the season, Devers is hitting .275/.328/.533 with 26 runs scored and 31 RBI across 180 plate appearances.