Last week, the Boston Red Sox lost shortstop Xander Bogaerts when the San Diego Padres signed him to an 11-year deal worth $280 million.
The Red Sox won the 2018 World Series. A year later, they missed the postseason and fired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. They traded Dombrowski for Chaim Bloom from the Tampa Bay Rays. For three seasons, Bloom has made questionable choices.
Since Bloom was hired, the Red Sox have included Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr. and traded Christian Vazquez, all of whom, along with Bogerts, were key contributors to the World Series win. Betts was the 2018 AL MVP.
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The Sox signed Trevor Story to a seven-year, $140 million deal last season, but he may have been just a Coors Field miracle. He slashed just .238/.303/.434, a career low, and played in just 94 games.
Boston also signed Japanese phenom Masataka Yoshida to a five-year, $90 million contract, but it will be a waiting game to see if the outfielder can adjust to the Major League level.
The Sox made a surprise run to the ALCS in 2021, but finished last in the AL East this season.
Team CEO Sam Kennedy said he will be involved in all decisions.
Kennedy discussed Bogaerts’ departure in a surprisingly positive manner during reliever Kenley Jansen’s introductory press conference on Tuesday.
“I try not to look back. If you get caught up in the regrets of the past or the fear of the future, you can really hurt yourself, hurt your plans, and hurt your decision-making. I don’t deal with anything I o “I’m not going to dwell on my regrets in the past and I’m not going to worry about things in the future that I can’t control. What we’re trying to do now is make the right decisions. Boston Red Sox. This is work. These are painful and difficult decisions. comes with
“We’re going to continue to do what I say we’re going to do, which is make the right decisions.”
XANDER BOGAERTS, PADRES AGREE TO 11-YEAR, $280 MILLION DEAL
The Red Sox may soon lose another homegrown talent from their 2018 championship team in Rafael Devers. The third baseman is reportedly seeking a contract north of $300 million, but he and the team are closer to $100 million.
Devers has an .884 OPS since the start of the 2019 season. Since then, he leads MLB in extra-base hits and is second in total bases (two behind Freddie Freeman).
Since 2018, Bogaerts has hit .301 with an .880 OPS, earning three Silver Slugger Awards and MVP votes in each season.