Xander Bogaerts reflects on his lot in life
Not much has changed when it comes to Xander Bogaerts being able to define his future.
The shortstop told the Bradfo Sho Tuesday that no further contract discussions have been had, although, as he said, "There's still nine games here, so who knows what happens."
But there was a glimmer of hope that the Red Sox might be looking at Bogaerts in a slightly new light than they had when the 2022 season kicked off. That was thanks to comments made by Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom on the Bradfo Sho podcast when asked about valuing the 29-year-old both on and off the field.
"I will put it this way: Normally when you look at players at the point in their career that he is getting to, on paper that is usually the time to get off the bus," Bloom said. "To me, it’s basically a threshold issue. It’s because of all those things he brings that he is the type of guy you want to have here for a long time. That you want to have here hopefully for his whole career."
The comment didn't escape Bogaerts.
"It makes you feel good that they see you in that way," he said. "I love baseball, man. When I’m finished playing I go back home and I watch the games on the West Coast or whatever games are still left. Some guys play baseball and when they go home they do other stuff. I love baseball 24-7. I have said it multiple times, I hope I’m here for a long time because I enjoy it a lot.
"So far, it has been good. So far. I might have thought a little bit that it would have been different. … So far it has been the same. It has been smooth, so far."
Bogaerts is completing his best year in the field while sitting just four points out of the top spot in the American League batting race. Add in the injuries and the contract uncertainty (he can opt-out of the last three years of his current deal at season's end) and there is a sigh-of-relief-type of appreciation with on week to go.
"I dealt with a lot. It wasn’t easy," he said.
But was this the hardest season? "Woooo! Yeah. For sure," Bogaerts added.