Xander Bogaerts told friend the Red Sox gave him 'zero choice' but to leave, report


Xander Bogaerts wanted to re-sign with the Red Sox. But they made it impossible.

The Red Sox’ final reported offer to Bogaerts was a six-year deal worth roughly $160 million — well short of the Padres’ 11-year, $280 million deal.

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Bogaerts gave the Red Sox ample opportunity to keep him. He offered to reopen negotiations at least twice during the season, and the Red Sox had an exclusive negotiation window with him in October. But they were never serious.

The Red Sox insulted Bogaerts with a one-year, $30 million extension offer in Spring Training, setting the tone for their pathetic strategy of lowballing a franchise icon.

According to the Boston Globe, three or four additional teams evaluated Bogaerts in the $200 million range. The Red Sox were so far behind, Bogaerts told a friend he had “no choice” but to leave.

That’s humiliating. Bogaerts pushed Scott Boras to negotiate a below-market extension with the Red Sox in 2019, and probably would’ve taken less this time, too. He’s been with the Red Sox since he was 16 years old.

But the Red Sox weren’t even in the neighborhood. Bogaerts was pushed out, just like Jon Lester.

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