The news keeps getting worse for the Boston Red Sox when it comes to Xander Bogaerts.
According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Bogaerts has been meeting with other teams over the past few days. At the same time, he reports that not only have the Red Sox failed to make a competitive offer but that the relationship between the two sides is in shambles.
Xander Bogaerts as good as gone from Boston Red Sox
There is time for the Red Sox to patch things up with Bogaerts. Making an offer that he and his representatives consider fair would be a good start. However, this is also a front office that does not show any interest in the human element of the game, as evidenced by how they treated Kevin Plawecki at the end of the season.
From a purely baseball standpoint, the Red Sox have his replacement already on the roster. Trevor Story can slide back to short after spending 2022 at second in deference to Bogaerts. If Story can stay healthy and return to the form he showed in Colorado, he could slot right into the lineup with a minimal loss of production.
The problem is what that decision will mean for the roster. Bogaerts is one of the last players remaining from the Red Sox most recent championship in 2018. He is well respected in the clubhouse and a leader on the roster. In fact, Bogaerts is so important to the Red Sox that Pedro Martinez issued a warning that the essence and culture of the franchise will be lost.
There is another possible impact that can come out of this fractured relationship. Bogaerts is close to Rafael Devers, to the point where it was assumed that the duo could be a package deal. If one stayed in Boston, the odds increased that the other would as well. At this point, it is far more likely that Devers will follow Bogaerts out the door considering the rift in the relationship.
Xander Bogaerts is meeting with other teams and his relationship with the Boston Red Sox is broken. It is time to say goodbye to their shortstop.