Red Sox, Scott Boras respond to Xander Bogaerts ‘severing ties’ report
November 30th, 2022
After two weeks of relatively little information regarding the Red Sox pursuit of retaining four-time All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts, things have accelerated quicky over the last day and a half. Now, the 30-year-old free agent is at the forefront of the MLB free agency discussion.
On Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the San Diego Padres were considering signing Bogaerts. That was followed by long-time MLB insider Peter Gammons tweeting that front office sources from three different teams had told him that Bogaerts “has severed Boston ties and won’t be going back.”
As Ever,fact, but but while one doubts Bogaerts would switch positions, in the past three days front office folks from 3 teams claim they’ve been told he has severed Boston ties and won’t be going back. Whether that’s negotiating leverage talk or reality, there’s no confirmation. https://t.co/rKJCF5JxAy
Gammons’ tweet drew strong reactions from Red Sox fans and media. It appeared as though less than a month after asserting publicly that retaining Bogaerts was the team’s “top priority,” he was no longer taking their calls.
Shortly thereafter, both parties responded publicly denouncing the report. Scott Boras, Bogaerts’ agent, was first, telling Alex Speier of The Boston Globe “Xander is open to any and all voices in the free agent market,” and adding “we have not closed any doors on anyone.”
Later in the day, the Red Sox also commented on Gammons’ report. Speaking at a team event unveiling a new sponsorship deal with MassMutual, team president and CEO Sam Kennedy was asked about Gammons’ tweet. “I don’t have that impression [that he’s severed ties] but all we can go by is our desire to bring him back,” Kennedy said via Chris Cotillo of MassLive. “we’ve kept the lines of communication open all throughout last season, into the offseason and into his free agency.”
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On one hand, it looks like Gammons’ report may have been premature, and that the Red Sox and Bogaerts remain in discussions about a new contract. At the same time, the responses from both sides don’t make it seem like there’s been much progress in that regard.
Despite all the drama, Wednesday’s news in totality leaves those following the situation in pretty much the same spot they were just a few days ago. It remains a waiting game as MLB free agency rolls on.
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