Xander Bogaerts refuses Red Sox extension

It was reported Wednesday that Boston Red Sox star third baseman Rafael Devers had recently turned down a contract extension offer from the organization. On Thursday, his fellow All-Star who shares the left side of the infield revealed he and the team are in the same boat.

Bogaerts and Devers welcome newcomer Trevor Story to the Red Sox infield this spring in what — on paper — looks like one of baseball’s most feared rosters. Boston signed Story to a six-year, $140 million contract in March.

A two-time World Series champion, three-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Bogaerts has been one of the American League’s elite offensive shortstops since 2015. After debuting in 18 games regular season in 2013 and A little struggling as a rookie in 2014, the Aruba native broke out the following year with 81 RBI, 35 doubles and what are still career highs in hits (196) and batting average (.320).

Bogaerts earned his first All-Star nod and second straight Silver Slugger in 2016 when he finished with career highs in games played (157), at bats (652) and runs scored (115) , before seeing a drop in output in 2017 That year, No. 2 had a slant line of just 0.273 / 0.343 / 0.403 (all of its lowest outings from 2015 to 2021) and produced 10 homers and 62 points produced.

The 29-year-old helped the Red Sox win a World Series title in 2018 by hitting 23 home runs and 103 RBIs, then had arguably his most comprehensive offensive campaign in 2019. That season, Bogaerts set career highs in home runs (33), RBI (117), doubles (52), walks (76), on-base percentage (.384), slugging percentage (.555), and on-base plus slugging percentage ( .939), while finishing fifth in AL MVP voting.

“X” recorded 11 home runs and 28 RBIs during the abridged 2020 season and finished with 23 home runs and 79 RBIs in 2021.

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