February 4, 2023

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Red Sox notes: Bogarts, Wong, Vasquez, Contreras, Heeney

Red Sox notes: Bogarts, Wong, Vasquez, Contreras, Heeney

“No Progress towards a deal was made when the Red Sox and Xander BogaertsAgent Scott Boras met yesterday, Peter Abraham from The Boston Globe Writes. Previous reports I suggested that other teams had outpaced the Sox in the race to sign the All-Star, though Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Blum said Bogaerts was still a major priority for the club.

As one might expect, Boras has highlighted the amount of interest his client is generating from multiple teams, while not closing the door on any other suitors. Regarding the Red Sox, Boras said “I just know we keep talking and having dialogue and continuing the process with them. Red Sox, they kind of have four-star ownership. These guys have proven over time that they win and keep winning….I think everyone around them understands that the Sox without the “X” are like that. “

While puns are integral to Boras’ experience, his agency’s general policy against allowing the former player’s team to put on a so-called final bid is also noteworthy in terms of Boston’s chances. “We are not the conformist type. We told the teams that they have to confirm,Boras said. “We never back down from reaching an agreement with any team and we certainly don’t give preference in the market to anyone. Otherwise, I think the right of a free agent would be weakened if I did. “

It remains unclear whether re-signing Bogaerts is still a realistic proposition for the Red Sox, and many of the team’s actions over the past year (i.e. signing Trevor’s story, or a low extension offer for Bogaerts last spring) indicates that the Sox are preparing for a future without Bogaerts on the roster. Another hint could be Boston’s interest in him Colton Wongas such Alex Speer from The Boston Globe The Sox reportedly had some talks with the Brewers before Wong was dealt to the Mariners.

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A source told Speier that if the Red Sox had traded for Wong, “It 100 percent was not to take [them] out of the marketTo re-sign Bogaerts. The Sox were supposed to use Bogaerts, Story, and Wong in the middle field mix, or maybe even flip Wong to another team in a trade if Bogaerts was indeed re-signed. While Wong seems very qualified for such a full-time role In part, “The Sox want to explore opportunities to add developing depth” after injuries hampered the position player mix in 2022.

If the Bogarts’ future in Boston is still in the works, another familiar face could be a possibility for the team, like MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo (Twitter link) Reports that the Red Sox have met today Christian Vasquezagents. Cotillo noted that this meeting may not involve Vazquez directly, as MDR Sports Management also represents several other players, including free agent catchers. Robinson Chirinos And the Roberto Perez.

Rhys McGuire And the Connor Wong They are Boston’s current catchers heading into the 2023 season, with an expectation Ronaldo Hernandez and a final waiver claim Caleb Hamilton Also in the mix. It appears the Sox are at least scouting the market for more help behind the plate, given how Boston is mentioned as one of many teams with a commercial interest in the Athletics. Shaun Murphy. However, Cotillo reports that there are “Nothing happensBetween the Red Sox and the biggest catcher in the free agent market, Wilson Contreras.

Andrew Heaney Also on Boston’s radar this offseason, Cotillo Tweets that the Sox were one of many teams bid for the left contract. However, the Red Sox fell short as Heaney Choose to sign With the Rangers for two years and $25 million in guaranteed money.

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