Boston Red Sox

  • On Thursday, Major League Baseball announced the finalists for all 18 Gold Glove Awards for the 2022 season. Two members of this year’s Red Sox team are on the list.

    At shortstop, Xander Bogaerts is one of three finalists along with Carlos Correa of the Twins and Jeremy Pena of the Astros. Bogaerts has never won the award before. He was last named a finalist in 2015.

  • Over the course of the 2022 season, Bogaerts made just 10 errors in 150 games. His 98.3 fielding percentage was tied with Correa for the fourth-best among all shortstops.

    This nomination comes as Bogaerts has a decision to make regarding his contract. He has an out three years into his six-year, $120 million contract this coming winter. It’s unclear how aggressive the Red Sox would be in paying Bogaerts as a free agent, and his defense had been cited by those campaigning for the team to move on at the position as a reason why.

    Jackie Bradley Jr. is the other finalist from the 2022 Red Sox. He’s listed for both the Red Sox and Blue Jays, having been DFA’ed after spending the first half of the season in Boston.

    Bradley’s last and only Gold Glove win came in 2018, but he has been named a finalist multiple times since. This year, he’s a finalist along with Max Kepler of the Twins and Kyle Tucker of the Astros.

    If either Bradley or Bogaerts (or both) win, it would be the first Gold Glove win for the Red Sox since Mookie Betts in 2019. If Bogaerts wins, he’d be the first Red Sox shortstop to win the award since Rick Burleson in 1979. The winners of all of the Gold Glove awards will be announced on Nov. 1.

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