Big Offseason coming for the Red Sox?
The Red Sox are looking to make some splashes this offseason. With the extension of Kiké Hernandez last week, Chaim Bloom made a promise that the 2023 Red Sox will be “way better” than this year’s team. Many are looking at this promise with high expectations for this offseason.
Xander Bogaerts will most likely elect free agency at the end of this season if he decides to opt out of his contract with Boston.
According to reports, various teams are already showing interest in the 29 year-old Red Sox shortstop. One of these teams being the Philadelphia Phillies. Phillies GM and former Red Sox GM, Dave Dombrowski, sees Bogaerts as the perfect fit for shortstop in Philadelphia. Dombrowski extended Xander Bogearts with a six year, $120 million contract in 2019 with the Red Sox. This connection between Dombrowski and Bogaerts leads many to believe the Phillies may be one of the favorites this offseason.
Xander is slashing .448/.485/.690 in his last 15 games, and is on pace to become the AL batting champion. He is also considered to be the leader of the Red Sox clubhouse, and being a mentor for many young players in the clubhouse, as well. If Bogaerts decides to sign with another team like the Phillies, the Red Sox will be left with a large hole in the lineup.
Aaron Judge to Boston?
Aaron Judge is on an all-time tear right now at the plate. After hitting his 56th and 57th home run last night in Boston, he is on pace to shatter the American League record with 65 home runs. He is currently neck and neck with Shohei Ohtani to win AL MVP. Like Bogaerts, Judge will also be entering free agency this winter.
If the Red Sox lose Xander Bogaerts this offseason, they may be serious contenders for signing Aaron Judge this offseason. Judge, who will be entering his age 31 season in 2023, could be the solution if the Red Sox lose Bogaerts. However, the price will be high. In April, Judge turned down a seven year, $213.5 million extension from the Yankees. With Judge hitting with historic numbers at the plate, the number will be much higher this winter.
After the game last night, Aaron Judge was asked about the possibility of signing with Boston. He responded, “We’ll talk about that at the end of the year. They’re some of the best [fans] in baseball.” This quote makes the idea of Aaron Judge coming to Boston much more realistic than originally believed.
Chaim Bloom has yet to make a blockbuster deal. Could landing a big name like Aaron Judge fulfill his promises for a better 2023?
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