Boston Red Sox need to re-sign Xander Bogaerts pronto!

Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox (Photo by Brian Fluharty/Getty Images)
Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox (Photo by Brian Fluharty/Getty Images) /

With the trade deadline come and gone, the Boston Red Sox, led by Chaim Bloom, chose to “Buy and Sell”. Whether he was particularly successful at either of those things is another story entirely, but we’ll just go with it for now.

While several key players who were expected to be dealt, such as JD Martinez and Nathan Eovaldi, stayed in town on deadline day, a much bigger domino got clarity in the days leading up to the deadline. After months of speculation about his future in Beantown, shortstop Xander Bogaerts stuck around and is set to play out the string for the Boston Red Sox.

A season of rumors for the Boston Red Sox

Of course, all Red Sox fans will be familiar with this sequence of events by now. In his first big money signing on the job, Chaim Bloom brought in shortstop Trevor Story. From the very instant the signing was announced, the rumor mill started churning, spitting out stories of Bogaerts leaving after the season, if not sooner.

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The Red Sox up and down season has done nothing to calm things down, even as Bogaerts stands among the league leaders in batting average. But then, as the Red Sox season circled the drain, a crazy thing happened: the Sox didn’t trade him.

What is the Boston Red Sox plan for Xander Bogaerts?

At this point, Chaim Bloom better pony up and pay Bogaerts at the end of year. My stance on this has been clear from the start. There are many reasons for this, and among the biggest is sentimentality. He’s a Boston Red Sox, a homegrown superstar. It would stink to see him elsewhere, especially with the New York Yankees being a potential landing spot.

But since emotion has no place in the The Bloom-iverse that we’re now stuck living in, here are some cold, hard facts. First, there is no argument to be made that the Red Sox will be a better team with Trevor Story at short, Xander Bogaerts gone, and a newcomer at second base. Like, none. At all. Some of us may have become numb to it, but we truly are witnessing greatness every single day with Bogaerts.

If the Boston Red Sox are truly committed to being among the best in the league, and not just to make great profits, losing a perennial All-Star and Silver Slugger does nothing to accomplish that goal.

Second, letting Bogie leave for nothing goes against everything that Bloom supposedly stands for. Don’t believe for a second that the Red Sox front office actually believes that this team can compete this year, because they can’t. Their post deadline struggles only back that up.

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So, in a doomed season, why would the cold and calculated Bloom not capitalize on his best asset to further stock the farm system, which at times seems to be all he wants to do? The only explanation is that he has visions of bringing Bogaerts back, right? That’s the only possibility that makes sense to me, because again, it most definitely was not based on any goals for this year.

Re-signing Xander Bogaerts is priority #1 for the Boston Red Sox

At the deadline, Bloom had a decision to make. And whichever direction he chose, he needed to commit to it. Either sell and recoup assets, or commit to this group going forward, meaning beyond this season. Keeping Bogaerts for two months of non-competitive baseball just to let him leave for free hurts the team down the road. That would be unforgiveable. His only choice now is to re-sign the Red Sox shortstop, nothing else will make his deadline acceptable.

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Since the day he was hired, Bloom has been a lightning rod for the Sox fanbase. Many love him, but equally many don’t believe in his vision. But now, Bloom has officially made his decision on Xander Bogaerts, and he better see it out, or the calls for his job will only get loude