Xander Bogaerts’ agent is the latest to shut down the rumor that the shortstop has “severed ties” with the Boston Red Sox.
On Wednesday, Boston Red Sox fans received quite the scare when opening up their news feeds. A report from The Athletic’s Peter Gammons indicated that free agent shortstop Xander Bogaerts had “severed ties” with the Red Sox and that he would not return to the team.
FanSided MLB insider Robert Murray reports that the aforementioned severing of ties report is “inaccurate.” Not only that but Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy said that Bogaerts never told the team that he was done talking with them.
In case you needed further confirmation, Bogaerts agent, Scott Boras, spoke with Alex Speier of the Boston Globe and shut down the Gammons report.
Xander Bogaerts’ agent, Scott Boras, shuts down Red Sox ‘severed ties’ report
“Xander is open to any and all voices in the free agent market,” Boras said by phone. “We have not closed any doors on anyone.”
This is certainly good news for Red Sox fans, as there’s still hope that he could return.
Bogaerts is one of the top four shortstops available in free agency and could certainly cash in. He is already linked to a variety of teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres.
The Phillies link makes sense due to the presence of Dave Dombrowski, who was the former Red Sox president from 2015 until 2019. The Padres, per New York Post insider Jon Heyman, are in the market for a shortstop, and have Bogaerts at the top of their list.
Bogaerts is coming off of a 2022 campaign where he slashed .307/.377/.456 while recording 15 home runs, 73 RBI, 84 runs scored, and 171 hits.
With MLB winter meetings taking place on Dec. 4 until Dec. 7, Red Sox fans will be checking for updates to see if Bogaerts will stay in Boston, or if he’ll head elsewhere. But when it comes to “severing ties” with the Red Sox, the team camp and player camp let it be known that that’s not the case.