Xander Bogaerts (Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Boston Red Sox shortstop XanderBogaerts said he received confirmation from the club’s front officehe will not be moved before Tuesday’s 2022 MLB trade deadline.
Bogaerts, who hit a go-ahead home runin Thursday’s 4-2 make an impression on the Cleveland Guardians, said he’s “beenplaying better” since getting clarity on his future from Red Soxchief baseball officer Chaim Bloom and team president Sam Kennedy,though he didn’t desire to reveal way too many details from theconversation.
“Yeah. I have no idea easily shouldsay that, but I am hoping I do not get in big trouble,” he told reporters. “But yeah,far better like this. Communication is definitely huge in everything inlife. To obtain that kind of feedback is effective, I’d say.”
Bloom explained Wednesday the frontoffice wasn’t “likely to discuss them with anybody” inreference to Bogaerts or Rafael Devers, but he added a caveat.
“The great thing I could say is we’renot doing our jobs if we’re not considering all possibilities,”Bloom said.
The Red Sox have fallen to last placein the AL East, but that’s more an indicator of the division’s strengththan any kind of severe weakness within the club.
They own a 50-50 record followingThursday’s overcome the Guardians. These were in second place inthe AL East on June 26 with a 42-31 record before falling into aslump before the All-Star break. They’re 3.5 games behind the ultimate wild-card spot.
Bogaerts told NESN’s Jahmai Websterhe’s hopeful the club doesn’t make any drastic changes and provides theplayers an opportunity to surge back through the stretch run of the regularseason:
The 29-year-old shortstop has been abright spot amid Boston’s up-and-down year. He’s compiled a .318batting average and .856 OPS with eight homers and seven stolen basesin 96 games. His 4.3 WAR ranks second at the positioning behind theAtlanta Braves’ Dansby Swanson (4.7), per FanGraphs.
Bogaerts’ future with the club mostlycame into question because his six-year, $120 million contractfeatures an opt-out clause following a 2022 season. Losing him tofree agency would obviously be considered a major setback for the business.
His agent, Scott Boras, told PeteAbraham of the Boston Globe in-may they didn’t be prepared to discuss thecontract situation with the team before offseason.
Therefore the Red Sox are dealing with some riskif they keep Bogaerts through the deadline without assurances he’splanning to either re-sign or grab the choice.
For the present time, it doesn’t appear to be ablockbuster trade is coming, though.