Red Sox ‘making right decisions’ despite Xander Bogaerts’ exit, Rafael Devers’ looming free agency, exec says

Red Sox ‘making right decisions’ despite Xander Bogaerts’ exit, Rafael Devers’ looming free agency, exec says

Last week, the Boston Red Sox lost shortstop Xander Bogaerts when he signed an 11-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $280 million.

The Red Sox won the World Series in 2018. They missed the postseason a year later and fired Dave Dombrowski, president of baseball operations. They replaced Dombrowski by Chaim Bloom of the Tampa Bay Rays. Bloom has made some questionable decisions in three seasons.

Since Bloom was hired, the Red Sox have traded Mookie Bets Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. for Christian Vazquez. All of these players, along with Bogaerts were key contributors in that World Series win. Betts was the 2018 AL MVP.

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Xander Bogaerts of the Boston Red Sox reacts during the sixth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Oct. 5, 2022, at Fenway Park in Boston. 

Xander Bogaerts of the Boston Red Sox reacts during the sixth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Oct. 5, 2022, at Fenway Park in Boston.
(Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

The Sox did bring in Trevor Story last season on a seven-year deal worth $140 million, but maybe he was just a Coors Field wonder. He slashed just .238/.303/. 434, all career-lows, and only played in 94 games.

Boston also signed Japanese phenom Masataka Yoshida to a five-year, $90 million deal, but it will be a waiting game to see if the outfielder can adjust to the Major League level.

The Sox did make a surprise run to the ALCS in 2021, but that season is sandwiched by last-place finishes in the AL East.

Team CEO Sam Kennedy said he supports all decisions.

During reliever Kenley Jansen’s introductory press conference Tuesday, Kennedy discussed Bogaerts’ exit in a surprisingly positive manner.

Boston Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy takes part in an event at Fenway Park in Boston to announce the creation of a college football game called the Fenway Bowl Sep. 17, 2019.

Boston Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy takes part in an event at Fenway Park in Boston to announce the creation of a college football game called the Fenway Bowl Sep. 17, 2019.
(John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

“I try not to look back. If you are too concerned about the past or fear of the future, you can harm yourself and your plan. I do not engage in either of these activities. I don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future. We’re trying to make the right decisions in the moment for the Boston Red Sox. That’s the job. It involves making difficult, painful decisions along the way. We’ll do what I said we would do: make the right decisions. “

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The Red Sox may soon lose another homegrown talent from that 2018 championship team in Rafael Devers. The third baseman is reportedly seeking a deal north of $300 million, but he and the team are about $100 million off.

Devers has an. 884 OPS since the beginning of the 2019 season. He is now the leader in extra-base hits in MLB and second in total bases (two ahead of Freddie Freeman).

Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers of the Boston Red Sox during the third inning of the 2022 Little League Classic game against the Baltimore Orioles Aug. 21, 2022,  at Bowman Field in South Williamsport, Pa.

Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers of the Boston Red Sox during the third inning of the 2022 Little League Classic game against the Baltimore Orioles Aug. 21, 2022, at Bowman Field in South Williamsport, Pa.
(Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

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Since 2018, Bogaerts is hitting . 301 with an . 880 OPS, earning three Silver Slugger Awards and MVP votes in each season.

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