With the MLB regular season winding down, shortstop Xander Bogaerts is playing what could be his final games for the Boston Red Sox before he opts out of his 6-year, $120 million contract this winter.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora isn't ready to say goodbye to his All-Star shortstop just yet, however.
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Cora, who's managed Bogaerts from 2018-2019 and again from 2021-2022, had nothing but nice things to say about Bogaerts and hopes he returns to Boston.
The Red Sox manager believes the four-time All-Star is an indispensable part of the franchise, calling him a "spokesman for the organization." Bogaerts has emerged as the team's de facto captain as its longest-tenured player, helping Boston win a pair of World Series titles since debuting in 2013.
This year has been an emotional rollercoaster for Cora, Bogaerts and the rest of the Red Sox, who have watched their once-promising season deteriorate into a last-place nightmare. The team has already lost several key pieces due to trades and roster moves, including catchers Christian Vazquez and Kevin Plawecki. Given how hard Bogaerts will be to replace on the field and off, Cora hopes he isn't the next to leave.