Schwarber: 'I'd be all ears' about new deal with Red Sox
"It'd be pretty stupid not to think about (returning)," Schwarber told Alex Speier of The Boston Globe.
"My team here has been unbelievable. … If they feel like they would like to talk about (a new deal), I'd be all ears. I just think it would be stupid to 'X' someone off for no reason. Especially for a place like this, I'd be all ears."
Schwarber, 28, was excellent for the Red Sox after they acquired him in a July trade with the Washington Nationals. He hit .291/.435/.522 with seven home runs, 10 doubles, and 18 RBIs in 41 regular-season games with Boston.
The numbers were encouraging following Schwarber's down 2020 season (.188/.308/.393) with the Chicago Cubs, after which the Cubs decided not to tender him a contract.
"This is the best version of himself," Red Sox bench coach Will Venable said. "Like every player in this league, he's trying to find a way to be consistent. I think he's found it … I don't think anyone is surprised at him doing this. Certainly not him. This is what he expected."
Schwarber's contract includes an $11.5-million mutual option for 2022, but he's likely to decline it given his production this season. Even if he does, Schwarber is hopeful the Red Sox will offer him a new deal.
"This is definitely a clubhouse that I could see myself wanting to stay in. These guys are amazing," he said. "This is a World Series clubhouse, and I would love to hopefully see if that opportunity comes back."
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