Boston Red Sox

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 26: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates scoring on a two-run single by Trevor Story during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field on June 26, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

  • With the Red Sox four games out of .500 and seven games out of a playoff spot with just over a month to go in the regular season, many fans have already turned their attention to the upcoming offseason. It will be a crucial winter for the Red Sox, as they look to improve on what has proved to be an insufficient roster.

    One of the biggest questions facing the Red Sox once the season ends is the future of shortstop Xander Bogaerts. The 29-year-old shortstop is expected to opt out of his contract following the season and test free agency.

    On Wednesday, Bogaerts sat down with NESN’s Tom Carron before the Red Sox game. Their interview included questions about Bogaerts’ contract situation.

    “When the season is over, anything can happen,” Bogaerts told Carron when asked if he plans on speaking with the Red Sox once he does enter free agency. “At this point, I’m really trying to get healthy back and just finishing off the season strong.”

  • Xander Bogaerts career stats

    Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG Awards
    2013 20 BOS 18 44 7 11 2 0 1 5 5 13 .250 .320 .364
    2014 21 BOS 144 538 60 129 28 1 12 46 39 138 .240 .297 .362
    2015 22 BOS 156 613 84 196 35 3 7 81 32 101 .320 .355 .421 SS
    2016 23 BOS 157 652 115 192 34 1 21 89 58 123 .294 .356 .446 AS,SS
    2017 24 BOS 148 571 94 156 32 6 10 62 56 116 .273 .343 .403
    2018 25 BOS 136 513 72 148 45 3 23 103 55 102 .288 .360 .522 MVP-13
    2019 26 BOS 155 614 110 190 52 0 33 117 76 122 .309 .384 .555 AS,MVP-5,SS
    2020 27 BOS 56 203 36 61 8 0 11 28 21 41 .300 .364 .502 MVP-17
    2021 28 BOS 144 529 90 156 34 1 23 79 62 113 .295 .370 .493 AS,MVP-12,SS
    2022 29 BOS 117 433 66 129 31 0 10 50 44 97 .298 .369 .439 AS
    Totals 1231 4710 734 1368 301 15 151 660 448 966 .290 .355 .457
    162 game avg 162 620 97 180 40 2 20 87 59 127 .290 .355 .457
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 8/25/2022.
  • Beyond that though, Bogaerts acknowledged that he hasn’t thought much about his contract during the season. Asked by Carron if the uncertainty this winter has been a distraction at all this season, Bogaerts replied. “for the most part of the season I’ve been pretty good at kind of handling that aspect. It’s obviously tough, it’s obviously not something you go through every day.”

    “It’s obviously tough, it’s not something that you go through every day. As I said, it’s pretty much a first-time experience for me with that,” Bogaerts continued. “I’ve managed it pretty well. I even haven’t [thought] about going into September with like, 39 more games, you don’t know what’s going to happen, I haven’t even thought about one minute of that so far.”

    If the Red Sox do want to bring Bogaerts back, it will likely take a significant investment. He’s expected to be one of the top shortstops and overall players on the market. His current contract that he is opting out of would pay him $20 million a year, while the top shortstops in free agency last year received deals worth $25 million to $35 million per year.

    Of course, Bogaerts isn’t the only player the Red Sox likely have to pay this summer. Rafael Devers is entering his final year of arbitration. Players of his caliber rarely play on their third and final arbitration year, as teams don’t want to risk losing them in free agency for nothing. Instead, they’re usually signed to long-term contracts or traded.

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