Now that pitchers and catchers have reported to JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla. for Boston Red Sox spring training, players are excited for a shot at repeating as champions. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts is looking a little beyond that as well.
The 26-year-old stud has said that spring training would be the perfect time to discuss a contract extension with the front office. Bogaerts is set to be a free agent after this season and is expected to test the waters this offseason.
Xander Bogaerts said spring training is "the perfect time" to talk about an extension and that envisioning himself in any other uniform would be weird. Latest: https://t.co/Dg2L4koQIh— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) February 15, 2019
The lack of activity for superstar free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado may be setting signals off for Bogaerts and could convince him to sign a deal sooner rather than later. Bogaerts had a career year in 2018, hitting .288 with 23 home runs and 103 RBI.
Xander Bogaerts is a fan of Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. pic.twitter.com/XwdvKrwZb0— NESN (@NESN) February 15, 2019
With Scott Boras as his agent, Bogaerts is sure to not only test free agency, but get quite a nice payday if he can follow up last year with a strong 2019.
Chris Sale and J.D. Martinez are both eligible for free agency and with Mookie Betts entering another year of arbitration, the Red Sox may have to part ways with Bogaerts to save money for them.
Bogaerts's willingness to talk to the Red Sox about an extension shows how much he enjoys playing in Boston. Will the team reciprocate those feelings?