As reports of league interest in Xander Bogaerts grew, Red Sox fans also feared the star shortstop was leaving the only Major League Baseball organization he’s ever known.
But reports from several MLB insiders on Wednesday indicated that Boston is still very much in the game to win the Bogaerts coin toss. In fact, the remaining four-time All-Star with the franchise that signed him in 2009 might be the most likely outcome.
The New York Post’s Jon Heyman raised hopes for a Bogaerts-Red Sox pact when he tweeted that the parties were in “intense discussions”. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi sang a similar tune when he stated his belief that Boston eventually will find an agreement to keep the 30-year-old in the uniform he’s worn since 2013.
It should be noted that the Red Sox will likely have to fend off strong competition if they want to retain Bogaerts. The San Diego Padres reportedly “pivoted” to the Aruba native after Trea Turner signed with the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants could focus on Bogaerts after seeing Aaron Judge re-sign with the New York Yankees. Under-the-radar suitors like the Arizona Diamondbacks could also give Boston a run for its money in the effort to sign Bogaerts.
That said, the Red Sox front office has been insistent on its desire to keep Bogaerts around for a while, and it looks like the group is taking real steps to try to make it happen.
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