Boston Red Sox

  • Tuesday was the deadline for MLB free agents to accept or decline qualifying offers extended to them by their teams last week. The Red Sox gave two of their pending free agents, shortstop Xander Bogaerts and starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi QO deals, both of which were declined.

    Qualifying offers involve the player opting into a one-year, $19.65 million deal instead of hitting the open market. If players decline the deal, or sign elsewhere before the deadline hits, the team that offered the QO receives draft pick compensation, sometime after the fourth round.

    In Bogaerts’ case, this was always the expected outcome. The 30-year-old shortstop is a free agent for the first time this winter, and projects to land one of the top shortstop deals on the market. Not only would the deal have fallen well below what he’s expected to get paid on his new contract, it even would have been a pay cut from the previous contract he opted out of last week.

  • BOSTON, MA - MAY 04: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox hits a solo home run in the eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels Fenway Park on May 4, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MA – MAY 04: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox hits a solo home run in the eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels Fenway Park on May 4, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

  • Eovaldi’s situation was seen as more of a toss-up. The qualifying offer would have given Eovaldi a raise of just over $2 million from last year. However, the 33-year-old righty now has a chance to chase a long-term deal.

    Turning down the qualifying offer doesn’t mean Eovaldi has ruled out a return to Boston entirely. He and the team can still negotiate just like any other free agent. But now, if he does end up signing elsewhere, the Red Sox will get that additional draft pick.

    Bogaerts’ and Eovaldi’s decisions fall in line with the majority of players offered qualifying offers last week. Of the 14 players who did get QOs, only two accepted – Giants outfielder Joc Peterson and Rangers pitcher Martin Perez. Among those declining were Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner, Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom, and Giants starting pitcher Carlos Rodon. Dodgers starter Tyler Anderson signed a new deal with the Los Angeles Angels before the decision deadline hit.

  • With so many starting pitchers declining qualifying offers, the top of the pitching market should be a strong one. That could help the Red Sox bring back Eovaldi, as other teams spend money at the position elsewhere.

    As for Bogaerts, this news likely doesn’t change his situation much. He remains one of, if not the top shortstop available. There’s already one contender reportedly interested in making a push to sign him.

  • Xander Bogaerts career stats

     
    Year Age Tm G AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG Awards
    2013 20 BOS 18 44 11 2 0 1 5 5 13 .250 .320 .364
    2014 21 BOS 144 538 129 28 1 12 46 39 138 .240 .297 .362
    2015 22 BOS 156 613 196 35 3 7 81 32 101 .320 .355 .421 SS
    2016 23 BOS 157 652 192 34 1 21 89 58 123 .294 .356 .446 AS,SS
    2017 24 BOS 148 571 156 32 6 10 62 56 116 .273 .343 .403
    2018 25 BOS 136 513 148 45 3 23 103 55 102 .288 .360 .522 MVP-13
    2019 26 BOS 155 614 190 52 0 33 117 76 122 .309 .384 .555 AS,MVP-5,SS
    2020 27 BOS 56 203 61 8 0 11 28 21 41 .300 .364 .502 MVP-17
    2021 28 BOS 144 529 156 34 1 23 79 62 113 .295 .370 .493 AS,MVP-12,SS
    2022 29 BOS 150 557 171 38 0 15 73 57 118 .307 .377 .456 AS,SS
    Total 1264 4834 1410 308 15 156 683 461 987 .292 .356 .458
    162 avg. 162 620 181 39 2 20 88 59 126 .292 .356 .458
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 11/15/2022.
  • Nathan Eovaldi career stats

     
    Year Age Tm W L ERA G GS IP BB SO WHIP Awards
    2011 21 LAD 1 2 3.63 10 6 34.2 20 23 1.385
    2012 22 TOT 4 13 4.30 22 22 119.1 47 78 1.508
    2012 22 LAD 1 6 4.15 10 10 56.1 20 34 1.473
    2012 22 MIA 3 7 4.43 12 12 63.0 27 44 1.540
    2013 23 MIA 4 6 3.39 18 18 106.1 40 78 1.317
    2014 24 MIA 6 14 4.37 33 33 199.2 43 142 1.332
    2015 25 NYY 14 3 4.20 27 27 154.1 49 121 1.451
    2016 26 NYY 9 8 4.76 24 21 124.2 40 97 1.307
    2017 27 DNP
    2018 28 TOT 6 7 3.81 22 21 111.0 20 101 1.126
    2018 28 TBR 3 4 4.26 10 10 57.0 8 53 0.982
    2018 28 BOS 3 3 3.33 12 11 54.0 12 48 1.278
    2019 29 BOS 2 1 5.99 23 12 67.2 35 70 1.581
    2020 30 BOS 4 2 3.72 9 9 48.1 7 52 1.200
    2021 31 BOS 11 9 3.75 32 32 182.1 35 195 1.190 AS,CYA-4,MVP-15
    2022 32 BOS 6 3 3.87 20 20 109.1 20 103 1.235
    Total 67 68 4.16 240 221 1257.2 356 1060 1.322
    162 avg 10 10 4.16 35 33 186 53 156 1.322
    BOS 26 18 4.05 96 84 461.2 109 468 1.269
    MIA 13 27 4.10 63 63 369.0 110 264 1.363
    LAD 2 8 3.96 20 16 91.0 40 57 1.440
    NYY 23 11 4.45 51 48 279.0 89 218 1.387
    TBR 3 4 4.26 10 10 57.0 8 53 0.982
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 11/15/2022.
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