It's early in the season for the Boston Red Sox, but the start couldn't really be any worse.
As of today the Red Sox are 24th out of 30 teams in MLB, 11th out of 15 teams in the American League, and eight games back in the AL East. They are in 4th place just one game better than the Orioles, a team with ownership often cited as fielding a Triple-A team.
Again, it's early, only a month into the season, but the problem is the gaps is only growing between the Red Sox and the division leading Yankees. If the fall continues then they will soon be out of reach, baring some sort of meltdown. Many are getting worried.
#RedSox are more games out of first place (7.5) than every other team in baseball outside of the Orioles (8), Nationals (8) and Reds (11.5).
It's a real mess right now and one of the Red Sox biggest critics was loud and clear.
The 2022 Red Sox thus far are a disgrace. Bottom line is all that matters. And the phony fallback is"they've won 4 championships in this century,'' Swell. This is a team of rejects and scrap heap roster players. While fans pay top prices in baseball.
What's all this got to do with the Red Sox trading Xander Bogaerts in 2022?
Imagine this downward trend continues and over a month or two, just before the All-Star break, the Red Sox are over 15 games out of first place. That's the time to start thinking about the next season and getting return for players you might not be able or willing to retain.
It's been widely reported that the Red Sox made an extension offer to Bogaerts in Spring Training, yet were unable to sign him. The offer was 4 years at $90M, effectively adding a single year to the existing three on his current contract for just $30M. He has a play option at the end of 2022, one he's sure to exercise to become a free agent. Furthermore, the gap between asking and offered price was reported to be $100M, too much to deal with before the season started.
Now add to that, on top of Bogaerts impending departure at the end of the season, a poor team performance putting them out of contention by the All-Star break. You get the perfect storm. The waiting fix for the hole created at the shortstop position in the name of Trevor Story.
Keep an eye on the standings fans, it's going to be pivotal to start winning if you want any chance of seeing Bogaerts as a lifetime Red Sox. If they continue to slip out of contention, the Red Sox are looking directly into the possibility of trading Bogaerts in 2022.
Eric is a contributing writer since 2013 and a true Overseas Fan of the Boston Red Sox living in the Netherlands. He's spent years on baseball fields around the world pitching. His weekends are now spent helping the next generations of pitchers to find their passion and love for the sport. More articles by Eric: https://www.redsoxlife.com/search/label/ericschabell