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Xander Bogaerts, with no extension in hand, says his focus is on the season, not his contract

Xander Bogaerts said he is not upset about his contract situation.Barry Chin/Globe Staff

NEW YORK — Xander Bogaerts made it clear that there’s no chance he and the Red Sox will agree to a contract extension ahead of Opening Day Friday. In fact, he offered just a one-word answer to the question.

“No,” Bogaerts said during Thursday afternoon’s media session at Yankee Stadium.

The team has offered the shortstop an extension leading up to this point, but the sides couldn’t come to an agreement.

Bogaerts noted that he’s not upset.

“It didn’t work out, and that’s behind us,” he said. “I really can’t think about that. I really do have a season to prepare for, going out there with the guys and leading us to a really good season.”


Both Bogaerts and Rafael Devers said they don’t want to talk about extensions during the season, that they don’t want to be a distraction.

Bogaerts can opt out of the six-year, $120 million deal he signed in 2019 at the end of this season. Barring a catastrophic injury, it seems likely that Bogaerts — arguably the best-hitting shortstop in baseball and a Scott Boras client — will exercise that opt-out.

What does the future hold for Xander Bogaerts?Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Since 2018, Bogaerts has a .299/.371/.523 line with 90 homers while ranking sixth among position players with 18.8 Wins Above Replacement (per Fangraphs).

Devers is under contract for two more seasons.

As for the season, Bogaerts said he’s excited to get going.

“It’s actually my first time opening against the Yankees,” he said. “And I mean, it’s just another baseball game, but we know how it is with the rivalry and last year and how it all went down. It’s going to be fun. Good atmosphere.”

Roster is finalized

The Red Sox set their Opening Day roster Thursday, adding first baseman Travis Shaw and reliever Hansel Robles. Righthander Tyler Danish, who had an opt-out in his contract and thus had been added to the 40-man roster, was optioned to Triple A Worcester.


Righthanders Eduard Bazardo and Ralph Garza Jr. were designated for assignment. Reliever Josh Taylor (back) was placed on the 10-day injured list. Garza was quickly claimed by Tampa Bay.

Shaw will serve as backup first baseman behind Bobby Dalbec. He gives the Sox a lefty bat with the ability to work the count and can add some occasional pop.

Robles was late to spring training because of visa issues, making just two Grapefruit League appearances. Nevertheless, manager Alex Cora was encouraged enough with his physical condition to add him. His two outings (a combined two innings) came on back-to-back days in which he sat at 96 miles per hour.

“Robles, stuff-wise, we saw what he did last year,” Cora said. “He has a good slider, good fastball. He works. He’s a workaholic.”

Utility infielder Jonathan Araúz also made the club. His versatility will be important early on, which played a part in the decision to add him.

Jonathan Araúz will start the season with the big club.Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Nonetheless, it could be short-lived. He’s just 23, needs to develop, and there aren’t that many at-bats for him at the major league level, Cora said. Aráuz will play Monday in the series opener against the Tigers in Detroit.

In fine company

Nate Eovaldi will start for a third consecutive Opening Day. Just 12 pitchers in Red Sox history have achieved that feat, including Luis Tiant, Roger Clemens, Jon Lester, and Pedro Martinez.

“I had no idea about it coming into it,” Eovaldi said. “But, you know, when I found out, it’s a huge honor just to be able to have your name alongside theirs.”


Eovaldi last pitched against the Yankees in the Wild Card Game, when he outdueled Gerrit Cole. He tossed 5⅓ innings, yielding just a run while striking out eight, as the Sox won, 6-2.

Eovaldi wants to pitch with that same mentality Friday.

“I want to go out there and establish the strike zone and attack the hitters,” he said. “Any time we’re playing the Yankees, it’s going to be a good battle.”

Despite tagging Cole for three runs in just two-plus innings during that Wild Card Game, the Red Sox aren’t taking the Yankee ace lightly. While Cole had a 6.19 ERA at Fenway last year (and a 4.91 ERA overall against the Sox), he was better at home, posting a 3.11 ERA.

The last time the Red Sox saw Gerrit Cole, he left in the third inning of last year's AL wild-card contest.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

“We’re facing one of the best pitchers in the big leagues,” Cora said. “It’s going to be a challenge.”

Vázquez rejoins team

Christian Vázquez rejoined the team Thursday following the birth of his son, Daniel, in Boston on Tuesday. It was the second son for Vázquez and his wife, Gabriella … Cole said he planned to use the MLB-approved PitchCom system to get signals from catcher Kyle Higashioka. To keep opponents from stealing signs, the catcher keys in the pitch on a wristband that sends audio to the pitcher via a small speaker in his cap. The second baseman, shortstop, and center fielder also can have a speaker to aid in defensive positioning. “For the most part it’s pretty exciting, to be honest,” Cole said. Yankees manager Aaron Boone is a proponent of the system. The Red Sox have been less enthusiastic about its use. “I never used it during spring training. A couple of our guys did,” Eovaldi said. “I like the concept of it. I think it could work. I’d like it to be a little bit quicker.” … The Yankees designated outfielder Jeisson Rosario for assignment. He was claimed off waivers from the Red Sox on March 26. The move was made to add former Red Sox utilityman Marwin Gonzalez to the roster.


Peter Abraham of the Globe staff contributed to this report.

Julian McWilliams can be reached at julian.mcwilliams@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @byJulianMack.