Red Sox Inform Xander Bogaerts they have no intention of trading him

Red Sox Inform Xander Bogaerts they have no intention of trading him

Red Sox executives have told Xander Bogaerts they don’t want to trade him this summer,” the star shortstop told reporters tonight (via Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald). When asked if he has been given personal assurance from the front office that he would not be dealt, Bogaerts replied, “Yes. I don’t know if I should say it, but I hope I don’t get into trouble. But yes, much better that way. Communication is always huge in everything in life. Getting that kind of feedback is beneficial, I would say.

It’s not a surprising revelation, as recent reports have suggested the Red Sox likely wouldn’t make Bogaerts available. General manager Sam Kennedy and chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom have each publicly stated that there has been no internal consideration of trading the four-time All-Star, and Bloom added that they “not planning it“have those conversations. That they have apparently reinforced those feelings privately with Bogaerts seems to solidify that he will not change teams before next Tuesday’s deadline.

Bogaerts can (and almost certainly will) opt out of the final three years of his contract this offseason. Boston took tonight’s contest from the Guardians to climb back to .500, but their 50-50 mark still has them narrowly trailing the Orioles at the bottom of the AL East. More importantly, they are 3 1/2 games behind the Rays, current holders of the final Wild Card spot, with Cleveland and Baltimore also in between. Even after tonight’s win, Boston has won just seven of its 24 games this month. That raises some questions about how Bloom and his staff will approach the deadline.

Even if Bloom and company had wanted to move the slugging infielder, making a trade would have been easier said than done. There certainly wouldn’t be a lack of interest in a 29-year-old star shortstop, but Bogaerts has full no-trade protection. Bogaerts could have dictated where he would have been dealt or blocked a move altogether, but he still seems relieved to hear that he doesn’t have to consider those possibilities.

Bogaerts is sure to receive and reject a qualifying offer if he opts out this winter, so the Red Sox would stand to collect a compensatory draft pick if he signs elsewhere. The more immediate concern is whether the club can right the ship over the last couple of months and look more like last year’s 92-win team that earned a trip to the ALCS.

The Red Sox’s deadline approach could still go a myriad of ways. Boston has a handful of impending free agents who would be sought-after trade targets. They will reportedly listen to offers on JD Martinezwho would be one of the best hitters available. Nathan Eovaldi will undoubtedly be the best rental starter on the market. Catcher Christian Vazquezstarters Michael Wacha and Rich Hilland relieves Matt Strahm have all had decent seasons, although each of Wacha, Hill and Strahm are currently on the injured list.

Should Bloom and his staff look to add to the roster, the bullpen stands out as an obvious possible target. Wacha and Hill are not far from returning, but the last ones Chris Sale injury could cause the team to look at rotation upgrades. First base and right field, meanwhile, have been problem areas all season. Adding a corner bat or two to bolster lineup depth would be a reasonable goal. The Sox haven’t tipped their hand much about the direction they plan to take, but in either case, it appears the fan base can count on Bogaerts remaining at shortstop for the final months of the season.

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