Still something to prove
The reported six-year contract extension doesn’t mean Xander Bogaerts doesn’t still have something to prove with the Boston Red Sox.
With a reported player opt-out option after the 2022, Bogaerts has a chance to establish himself as the best shortstop in the league and demand even more money if he does decide to opt out.
As far as what he needs to prove to the team in 2019.
First, he needs to continue to hit with a combination of power and average while providing solid defense at the position. In doing so, the 26-year-old infielder will continue to grow as a leader on the field as well as off the field.
Simply put, he has to make the Boston Red Sox long-term investment worth it. As Chris Sale is finding out after just one start, fans and the media will start questioning the money if any signs of struggle or underperforming peaks its head.
With not much in terms of prospects ready for a Major League opportunity, Bogaerts certainly has some time to shine and prove that his 2018 season was more the norm than just a one-time career season.