The Red Sox Are Fumbling The Bogaerts Situation

Xander Bogaerts is one of the faces of the Boston Red Sox. He’s been a part of the franchise since 2013. Xander has won two championships in Boston, and quickly ascended to being one of the best shortstops in baseball.

None of that apparently matters to the Red Sox. In one of the most frustrating and confusing situations in baseball, Bogaerts remains unsigned. Everyday the odds of him returning to Boston shrink smaller and smaller.

I can not stress enough how annoying this whole ordeal is. If you want my take, I don’t think he’ll be back. Too much time has passed and I’m sure he feels disrespected. He’s given everything for this team, and they’re not willing to work with him to bring him back.

Now I’m sure he’s asking for a LOT of money. Money that makes someone like you and me sick.

Here’s the thing, he is one of the best players in all of baseball. If he’s not the best shortstop, he’s one of the best in the sport. He’s a four time All-Star and five time Silver Slugger Award winner for a reason. He’s also still just 30 years old.

Those kind of players don’t come cheap. That’s just the reality of the business. A player of Bogaerts’ caliber costs a pretty penny. Usually you have to overpay for guys like that.

My biggest problem with this situation is that WE ARE THE BOSTON RED SOX. This isn’t the Oakland A’s. This isn’t the Kansas City Royals or the Cincinnati Reds. Boston is one of the richest teams in the league. They always are, usually up there with the Yankees and Dodgers.

So why exactly are we penny pinching here? I’d understand it if we didn’t have the payroll to afford him. That’s an entirely different scenario. Unless there’s something we don’t know about, John Henry should have enough in his bank account to make this happen.

What makes it worse is that President of Baseball Operations Chaim Bloom has spent big on others. The Sox gave Trevor Story a massive deal last offseason, and he wasn’t on the same tier as Bogaerts. Make it make sense!

Why did we give Story that deal? I’d rather that money have gone towards Bogaerts. I’m just not seeing the vision of this front office. Is Bloom all in or is he looking at the future? I can’t tell. If you weren’t serious about paying Bogaerts, then why not trade him at the deadline? Now he’ll walk for nothing.

This is the Mookie Betts situation all over again. The Betts trade I defended for one reason. That reason being I knew Rafael Devers and Bogaerts would have to be paid in the near future. By trading Betts, I figured that would mean Boston would have the bankroll to pay them both.

Yet now they are on the verge of letting Bogaerts walk, AND they still haven’t paid Devers either. He’ll be a free agent next year, in the same position as Xander. So why didn’t we just pay Mookie??

We’re really going to let superstar after superstar walk so that we can keep paying big money to the likes of Chris Sale?? I have no idea what Chaim Bloom is doing.

I’m at the point where I wouldn’t be mad at Xander for leaving. It appears as though the San Diego Padres among others are making a big push for him. Boston has had years to sign him and failed to do so.

Worst of all, they aren’t even entertaining other top free agent shortstops like Trea Turner and Carlos Correa. This whole situation is a disaster, one that Boston has absolutely fumbled. As a fan, I can say I am honestly very dissapointed.

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