Two days after his agent, Scott Boras, said on The Chronicle’s “A’s Plus” podcast that not many long-term extensions get done for young players anymore because the free-agent market is so lucrative, A’s third baseman Matt Chapman said he remains open to talks about a long-term deal.
“I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t think about it,” Chapman, 26, said in a wide-ranging interview during the most recent “A’s Plus” podcast. “It’s one of those things that would be a dream come true; it’s something I’ve worked my whole life for is to play baseball and ensure myself and my family are taken care of and all I have to worry about is getting better and helping my team win, which — to me — sounds like a dream come true.
“Then there’s the business side that comes into it and I have to take advice from my agent and my family to try to figure out what’s best for me and my future. I do want to be a part of this team and I would love to be extended and play a long time. But it has to be fair for both sides. Hopefully, we can get something done.”
Boras said that such deals are “rarely done because of the years and amount of money,” but noted he did just negotiate one for Xander Bogaerts, 26, who got a six-year, $120 million extension with Boston in April.
“People say we don’t do them, but I have a number of examples that we do,” Boras said Monday. “But they’re major economic commitments when you’re talking about players of that ilk. We keep our ears open and listen and talk to ownership regularly about it, and Oakland is in a place where they have a lot of promise that requires definition, that requires sureties that they’re going to have a stadium.”