Early potential suitors emerging for Xander Bogaerts’ pending free agency
There’s been no shortage of talk of the last year about the possibility of Xander Bogaerts leaving the Red Sox at the end of the season. The 29 year old shortstop has a player option in his contract, which he is expected to take. He’s currently scheduled to make $20 million a year through the 2026 season, which is well under market value for a shortstop of his caliber.
While reports have been quick to suggest that Bogaerts may opt out, there hasn’t been much information in terms of where he may end up if he does. However, that’s now starting to change.
In a column over the weekend, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe noted that if and when Bogaerts does hit the open market, the Philadelphia Phillies “will be eager suitors.”
The Phillies went into this season with Didi Gregorius as their starting shortstop after signing him to a two-year, $28 million contract in the spring. However he hit .209 in just over 100 games before being released in early August. 2019 first-round pick Bryson Stott has filled in since, moving over from second base. Stott, in his first Major League season, has hit .233 in 106 games.
If Bogaerts continues to play the way he has this season, expect more teams than just the Phillies to come calling for his services. Bogaerts began Tuesday hitting .319, which is the best batting average in the American League. He’s hitting .325 since the All-Star break.
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