Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers not on Red Sox trading block

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Trade Deadline season is not only a stressful time for MLB executives and players, but also for fans.

Xander Bogaerts, who has an opt-out clause at the end of this season that would free him from the final three seasons of his contract, doesn’t figure to get dealt between now and Aug. 2.

Rafael Devers, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the 2023 season, isn’t going anywhere, either.

While we should learn more about the future of the two cornerstones on the left side of the infield by Hot Stove season, fans can be fairly assured that they will be able to cheer them on for the remainder of 2022.

“Yeah, I look at what we’re trying to accomplish and just the stature that those guys have, not just for our fans, but also for what it means for what we’re trying to accomplish,” Bloom said. “I know it’s hard at this time of year, but we’re trying to at least minimize whatever potential distraction that [Bogaerts, Devers trade rumors] can cause. So I just said the truth, that we hadn’t discussed them with anyone and we’re not planning on it.”

In the 25-year-old Devers, the Red Sox have what could be a franchise player in the making.

Bogaerts is a revered leader with two World Series championships under his belt and younger than you’d probably think at 29 years old.

Can the Red Sox sign both players for the long term? That question can’t be answered on July 28, but it is worth examining once the 2022 season is over.

Several other core Boston veterans are in their “walk years” and could be dangled in trade discussions. That list includes JD Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi, Kiké Hernández and Christian Vázquez.

It will be interesting to see how Bloom balances the importance of players like that helping for a possible postseason push versus seeing what type of chips they can bring back in a trade.

Either way, Bogaerts and Devers should be at their familiar perches in the middle of the order and the left side of the infield for the rest of the season.


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