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Xander Bogaerts Makes Official Decision on Contract Opt-Out

Tyler Maher
Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has made an official decision on his contract opt-out.
Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has made an official decision on his contract opt-out. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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After years of speculation and months of failed negotiations, Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts made a decision regarding the opt-out clause in his contract on Monday.

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As expected, Bogaerts opted out of the three years and $60 million remaining on his contract and is now a free agent.

Bogaerts initially signed a six-year, $120 million extension with the Red Sox after helping them win the 2018 World Series. The extension was viewed as a win for both sides, buying Boston a few more years of team control while still giving Bogaerts the chance to test free agency heading into his age-30 season.

The four-time All-Star has continued to play at an exceptionally high level since inking the extension, ranking as one of the best shortstops in baseball over the past several years. He's also showed no signs of slowing down as he enters his 30s, nearly winning a batting title in 2022 while improving his defense.

With Scott Boras as his agent, Bogaerts is expected to command a new contract in the neighborhood of $150-200 million this offseason. He'll have plenty of competition, though, as star shortstops Trea Turner and Carlos Correa are also on the market.

The Red Sox have maintained that bringing Bogaerts back is one of their top priorities this winter as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 campaign. Now that he's officially a free agent, however, it's going to cost a lot more to keep him.

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