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Xander Bogaerts Opens Up About Uncertain Future in Boston

Adam Taylor McKillop
Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts weighs in on his uncertain future in Boston.
Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts weighs in on his uncertain future in Boston. / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Entering the third year of his highly undervalued contract, and with a new shortstop Trevor Story in town, Xander Bogaerts will plan to opt out of his current deal and test the open market next offseason.

Boston even offered Bogaerts a re-worked extension in April, but the offer fell well below what the three-time All-Star was looking for.

Bogaerts recently spoke with ESPN Red Sox insider Joon Lee about his uncertain future in the place he's called home for a decade.

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"You try not to let it affect you, but you're human, man," told Lee when discussing the noise around viewing Story as his obvious replacement at shortstop.

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The two have done their best to remedy the situation, at least for now. Story agreed to play an everyday role at second base to keep Bogaerts in his natural position and Lee reports the two spend a lot of time in the clubhouse together.

"It's going well, man. [Story] is very, very easy to get along with. Seems very approachable and chill. He's a little quiet, but this is probably just trying to get used to this atmosphere."

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At the end of the day, the Red Sox need both Story and Bogaerts playing at their best and blocking out any noise. Boston sits at just 9-14 on the year and is off to a slow start (4th place) in the toughest division in baseball. The Red Sox are +1500 (4th) to win the AL East, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.

Bogaerts is clearly trying his best to block out the noise, but the constant speculation around Boston's offseason free-agent interest in the shortstop market makes things that much harder.

"Sometimes you see stuff, hear stuff, and the better you are at blocking those noises, it'll be more beneficial to you. You try not to think about those things," said Bogaerts.

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