The Red Sox made their final attempt, but San Diego backed up multiple Brinks trucks, and gave Xander Bogaerts a whopping $280 million 11-year deal. I can hear Don Orsillo now the first time Xander hits one out of the park, “Welcome to Xan Diego”.
As much as I love Xander, there is no way the Sox could match that, especially with Marcelo Mayer waiting in the wings, and the absolute pressing need to re-sign Rafael Devers. Bogaerts is already 30, and his power is already in decline. He’s also probably not going to be viable at shortstop in a few years. A short 4-5 year deal would have made sense to bring him back, but the deal he got from the Padres is unbelievable.
The Sox have some options here, they can find a stop gap for Meyer, or slide Trevor Story back to SS at his natural position. Best of luck to Xander in that loaded lineup out in San Diego.
Bogaerts to Padres. $280M 11 years
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 8, 2022
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) December 8, 2022