Boston Red Sox Rumors: 3 star players that could get traded this season

Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /
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Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox (Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images) /

Boston Red Sox player who may get traded No. 1: Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts is the big one. Bogaerts, who has made it well known he will be opting out his deal after the end of the season, and will be looking for a new one this upcoming offseason, could very well end up being traded before the offseason arrives.

Tense negotiations between the Sox and Bogaerts failed to get anywhere during Spring Training, making it seem unlikely a deal will be reached at all. Bogaerts initially said he wasn’t open to neogtiating a new deal during the season, although he appears to have backed off that stance a bit. Bogaerts wants to stay in Boston, but it remains to be seen whether they are willing to pay him what he wants.

That whole discussion may become irrelevant if Boston keeps losing. If they decide their negotiations with Bogaerts are going nowhere, they could decide to move him before he would potentially leave for nothing in free agency. Remember, the Sox have Trevor Story locked up to a long-term deal now, so that plays an important part in this equation too.

Trading Bogaerts would be an extremely aggressive move from the front office, and they would almost certainly have to be 100 percent positive that they wouldn’t be reaching an extension with him if they were to move him. Whether or not they actually have negotiations during the season remains to be seen, but the tenor from the talks during the spring weren’t encouraging.

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Bogaerts would have to net a massive return as well, considering he’s not even 30 yet and has shown virtually no signs of decline. He’s still a bit inconsistent in the field, but he’s one of the best hitters in the league. It would be a shame to see Bogaerts play somewhere other than Boston, but if it has to happen, it would better to recoup some value while you can, and that may lead to a midseason trade of Bogaerts.