The Dodgers are heavily involved in the shortstop market, both in free agency and trades. What they do at shortstop could steer their entire offseason approach to an extent, so there’s a lot of interest and intrigued to see how they fill their hole at short.
Boston Spanish-language reporter Marino Pepén has an eye-catching new entry into the L.A. shortstop sweepstakes.
Buenos días, mi Gente!!!
Los #Cardinals al momento sólo han indagado…
Seguimos, Positivo y OK.
— Marino Pepén (@Marino_Pepen) November 27, 2022
According to Google Translate, this tweet says:
Good morning my people!!!
Xander Bogaerts is the most desirable SS on the FA market. Among those interested are #Phillies, #RedSox and #Padres. #Dodgers, #Cubs and #Twins are added.
The #Cardinals at the moment have only investigated…
We continue, Positive and OK.
The inclusion of the Padres on this list is interesting, suggesting maybe they don’t have much confidence in Ha-Seong Kim at short if they decide to move Fernando Tatis Jr. to the outfield. It’s not surprising to see Los Angeles linked to Bogaerts, though, simply because they need a shortstop and he’s a very good one.
Bogaerts has been a consistently excellent hitter the past five seasons, and he had his best defensive season in 2022, staving off the talk of a position change being imminently necessary. MLB Trade Rumors predicts Bogaerts will receive a seven-year, $189 million deal for an average annual value (AAV) of $27 million.
As the old saying goes, you’re not really a big free agent until you’ve been linked to the Dodgers in rumors, so Bogaerts has now made the big time. Time will tell how realistic the rumors are.
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