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Red Sox exploring contingency plans in case star player leaves?

Chaim Bloom on the field

Aug 28, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Chaim Bloom, Chief Baseball Officer of the Boston Red Sox on the field before the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox are hoping to re-sign Xander Bogaerts, but they have reportedly begun preparing for the possibility that they could lose the star shortstop in free agency.

Bogaerts became a free agent on Monday after he opted out of the remaining three years and $60 million on his contract. Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said this week that bringing back Bogaerts is the team’s “first choice” but that they have an obligation to explore all options.

If Bogaerts walks, the Red Sox will likely move Trevor Story to shortstop. Story played the position for the first six years of his career with the Colorado Rockies before he signed a six-year, $140 million deal with Boston last offseason. Mark Feinsand of was told by sources that the Red Sox have reached out to teams about potential trades for second basemen in case they cannot re-sign Bogaerts.

The Red Sox are also trying to sign Rafael Devers to an extension as he enters his final season of arbitration eligibility. Replacing both Devers and Bogaerts in the lineup would be extremely difficult, no matter which second basemen Boston might be eyeing in potential trades.

Bogaerts is one of the best shortstops in baseball. He hit .307 with 15 home runs and 73 RBI in 150 games last season. The 30-year-old was named an All-Star for the fourth time.

Even if the Red Sox are confident they have a contingency plan in place, one franchise legend recently issued a warning to them about letting key players leave.


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