It’s been a few years since the Red Sox made a blockbuster free agency signing. Heading into 2022, is the team looking to make a splash?
That could be the case, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. On Tuesday, Heyman tweeted out that the Red Sox are among a handful of teams “at least gauging the SS market” ahead of free agency. This year’s free agency class has unprecedented talent at the shortstop position, highlighted by Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, Trevor Story, Javier Baez, and Marcus Semien.
If the Red Sox plan on pursuing a big money shortstop, it could mean one of two things for current shortstop Xander Bogaerts. First of all, Bogaerts has an opt-out in his contract after the 2022 season. The current expectation is for him to exercise that option, although he reportedly hopes to stay in Boston by working out a new long-term deal. Perhaps the Red Sox sense things trending the other way for the 29-year-old.
On the other hand, if Bogaerts does stay long-term, he’s reportedly open to a position change. The Red Sox don’t have a long-term plan in place at second base, and any of the five shortstops above would be a defensive upgrade over Bogaerts. He could shift to the other side of the infield and form a double play duo with whatever player the Red Sox sign.
“Gauging the market” is a long way from actually putting pen to paper, but if the Red Sox do want to pursue this strategy which shortstop should they prioritize? Here’s a closer look at their top five options…
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