As reports of league-wide interest in Xander Bogaerts mount, so do Red Sox fans’ fear that the star shortstop might leave the only Major League Baseball organization he’s ever known.
But reports from several MLB insiders on Wednesday indicated that Boston was still in the running to win the Bogarts sweepstakes. In fact, sticking with the franchise four he signed back in 2009 might be the most likely outcome.
New York Post’s John Heyman raised hope for the Bogarts-Red Sox deal when he tweeted on both sides In “Extensive Discussions”. John Morosi of MLB Network sang a similar tune when announcing his belief that Boston is the ultimate You will find a deal To keep the 30-year-old in the uniform he has been wearing since 2013.
It should be noted that the Red Sox will likely need to fend off strong competition if they want to keep Bogaerts. The San Diego Padres have reportedly “pivoted” toward the Aruba native after Trea Turner signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, and the San Francisco Giants may shift their focus to Bogart after watching Aaron Judge renew with the New York Yankees. Under-the-radar contenders like the Arizona Diamondbacks may give Boston a run for its money in a bid to sign the Bogarts.
However, the Red Sox front office has harped on wanting to keep Bogaerts around for a while, and it looks like the group is taking real steps toward trying to make that happen.