Boston Red Sox

  • 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.

  • Xander Bogaerts’ career stats

     
    Year Age Tm G AB R H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG Awards
    2013 20 BOS 18 44 7 11 1 5 5 13 .250 .320 .364
    2014 21 BOS 144 538 60 129 12 46 39 138 .240 .297 .362
    2015 22 BOS 156 613 84 196 7 81 32 101 .320 .355 .421 SS
    2016 23 BOS 157 652 115 192 21 89 58 123 .294 .356 .446 AS,SS
    2017 24 BOS 148 571 94 156 10 62 56 116 .273 .343 .403
    2018 25 BOS 136 513 72 148 23 103 55 102 .288 .360 .522 MVP-13
    2019 26 BOS 155 614 110 190 33 117 76 122 .309 .384 .555 AS,MVP-5,SS
    2020 27 BOS 56 203 36 61 11 28 21 41 .300 .364 .502 MVP-17
    2021 28 BOS 144 529 90 156 23 79 62 113 .295 .370 .493 AS,MVP-12,SS
    2022 29 BOS 133 495 80 158 13 66 50 107 .319 .387 .473 AS
    Career 1247 4772 748 1397 154 676 454 976 .293 .357 .460
    162 avg. 162 620 97 181 20 88 59 127 .293 .357 .460
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 9/13/2022.
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