Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts

SS - BOS
Height: 6-2
Weight: 218 lbs
Age: 30
College: None
Boston Red Sox

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The ScoreOrtiz concerned about Red Sox lineup behind Devers: 'I'm pitching around him'

Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz doesn't feel confident about his former team's offense behind third baseman Rafael Devers."If I'm facing him I'm pitching around him, regardless," Ortiz told WEEI's Rob Bradford. "No doubt about it. You're talking about one of the most feared hitters in baseball right now. I have been there before, and if I had no one behind me they won't pitch to me."The Red Sox signed Devers to an 11-year, $331-million extension earlier this month. The two-time All-Star hit .295/.358/.521 with 27 home runs, 42 doubles, and 88 RBIs last season.Boston allowed two skilled offensive talents in Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez to depart in free agency and is set to begin the season without Trevor Story, who is expected to miss four-to-six months following elbow surgery.The Red Sox attempted to fill the voids by acquiring Justin Turner, Adam Duvall, Masataka Yoshida, and Adalberto Mondesi, but the losses of Bogaerts, Martinez, and Story have Big Papi worried about Devers getting enough support behind him in the lineup. "Now you have to find a way who can consistently protect him so he can continue to keep seeing pitches," Ortiz said. "Because he is still too young and you don't want to get to the point where you get frustrated because your production is not quite there. You have to see both sides. You have to see if they are pitching you and you are missing pitches, or if they are not pitching you and you are chasing pitches. So, we'll see. Let's see what the season brings to the table." Copyright © 2023 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Source: The Score
Friday, Jan 27, 2023

The ScoreTatis nearing full strength, 'really excited' for 2023 return

San Diego Padres superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. is chomping at the bit to put his lost 2022 season behind him.Now several months removed from wrist and shoulder surgeries, Tatis said he's nearly back to full strength. The 24-year-old - who remains suspended for his positive performance-enhancing drugs test last August - is back in San Diego doing full workouts and started hitting this week in anticipation of spring training."I'm really excited," Tatis told Kevin Acee and Annie Heilbrunn of the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I feel like this is one of the years there's gonna be more emotion, and I'm definitely looking forward to it. I'm definitely looking forward to just being back on the field."Tatis fractured his wrist in a motorcycle accident last offseason. Originally expected to miss three months after his first surgery, his absence was dragged out into August. Just before completing his rehab assignment, he was handed an 80-game suspension for failing a drug test, shocking the baseball world. As a result, he had to watch from home as the Padres advanced to the NLCS for the first time since 1998. During the unexpected downtime, the team convinced him to finally have surgery on his troublesome shoulder; doctors also revisited his wrist with a second procedure to fix some lingering issues from the fracture."I'm glad I got it," Tatis said of the shoulder surgery, while also adding that his wrist is almost fully healed. "It feels way better. (I am) way confident. I feel like I'm gonna have my swing 100% back this year."There's still some mystery surrounding Tatis' return, as he'll likely move to a new position in 2023 following the signing of fellow star shortstop Xander Bogaerts. He'll also start the regular season on the restricted list while serving the final 20 games of his suspension, although he can still participate in the Padres' spring workouts and Cactus League games.No matter where he plays on the diamond, Tatis feels like he can hit the ground running and resume being the superstar-caliber player of his first three seasons."To me, it's just baseball. This is the thing that I've been doing since I had memory," he said. "The same time I learned how to walk, I was swinging a bat. On the baseball side, I'm definitely not scared of what's going to happen or how my body is going to react."Copyright © 2023 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Source: The Score
Friday, Jan 27, 2023

The Score5 riskiest acquisitions of MLB offseason

Every offseason, MLB teams hand out lucrative, long-term contracts with the hope that players can replicate their past success well into the future. There have been a staggering number of megadeals handed out this winter and a few other head-scratchers that could leave clubs in trouble in the future.Let's take a look at the five riskiest acquisitions teams have made so far this offseason.Xander Bogaerts, Padres Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres / Getty Images Sport / GettyThe San Diego Padres clearly had a mandate to spend big this winter and, after failed pursuits of Trea Turner and Aaron Judge, they backed up the Brinks truck for former Boston Red Sox shortstop Bogaerts. The 30-year-old landed an 11-year, $280-million contract to join a loaded roster in San Diego.Bogaerts' elite contact skills should allow him to age relatively gracefully at the plate, but there should be some real concern about his defense moving forward. Although Bogaerts ranked in the 88th percentile in Statcast's outs above average last season, he struggled mightily in that regard from 2019-2021 finishing in the 4th, 13th, and 1st percentile, respectively. Bogaerts also struggles in terms of arm strength and has seen his sprint speed decline in three consecutive seasons.Another cause for some concern is Bogaerts' inability to hit for power away from Fenway Park. He hit just five home runs on the road last season with an OPS almost 100 points lower than at home. It will be interesting to see how Bogaerts adjusts to a new league and home park after enjoying so much success at Fenway over the years.The question is whether Bogaerts made some real, sustainable adjustments last year or if he enjoyed a one-off season and is more likely to revert back to being a below-average defensive shortstop. If it's the latter, the Padres might be forced to consider moving Bogaerts away from the position much earlier than they are likely hoping to.Carlos Correa, Twins Brace Hemmelgarn / Getty Images Sport / GettyThis one is obvious, isn't it?Correa's free-agent saga was unlike anything in MLB history. After deals with the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets fell through, Correa ended up back with the Minnesota Twins on a six-year deal that guarantees the 28-year-old at least $200 million.It remains to be seen whether the concerns regarding Correa's 2014 ankle injury are legitimate or overblown. In addition to those particular worries, the All-Star has only played 140-plus games twice over his eight-year career due to a number of ailments.Correa will also need to show more consistency at the plate than he did in Minnesota last season. He enjoyed a few stellar months but also registered three months with a sub-.800 OPS, including marks of .633 and .614 in April and July, respectively.The Twins mitigated some of the risk by only guaranteeing six years. Minnesota was able to protect itself from more long-term danger by including some difficult-to-reach plate-appearance thresholds, but Correa's new deal comes with considerable downside for reasons beyond finances.Still, it's also fair to wonder if committing to two nine-figure contracts with Correa and Byron Buxton will hamstring Twins executive Derek Falvey in terms of adding to the roster in the future.Carlos Rodon, Yankees New York Yankees / Getty Images Sport / GettyThe New York Yankees accomplished their goal of adding another frontline starter when they signed Rodon to a six-year, $162-million contract.Rodon's stuff is as good as any starting pitcher in MLB, and he's coming off a terrific campaign with the Giants. Despite all of his upside, the left-hander carries a tremendous amount of injury risk.The 30-year-old has missed chunks of time due to shoulder and elbow injuries and has only surpassed 150 innings twice over his eight-year career. Rodon was healthy and productive over the last two seasons, but Yankees fans have every right to be worried about his health over the next six seasons.It will also be interesting to see how Rodon adjusts to life away from the friendly confines of Oracle Park. He posted a 1.93 ERA at home last year but a 3.73 mark on the road.With Frankie Montas already expected to miss at least the first month of the season, the Yankees will need Rodon to hit the ground running and stay healthy in his first season in the Bronx.Jacob deGrom, Rangers Bailey Orr/Texas Rangers / Getty Images Sport / GettyWhen he's healthy, deGrom is arguably the most dominant player in baseball. However, the two-time Cy Young winner hasn't been able to stay on the field consistently over the past few seasons.Despite deGrom's troubling injury history, the Texas Rangers felt comfortable handing the 34-year-old a five-year, $185-million contract.DeGrom made just 26 starts over the past two seasons and threw only 224 total innings over the past three campaigns, but he was dominant when able to take the ball.Most of deGrom's underlying numbers remain strong, but the veteran hurler struggled in terms of average exit velocity and barrel percentage in 2022, finishing in the 28th and 17th percentile, respectively.Texas desperately needed an anchor for its rotation, and deGrom will fill that role when healthy. But how often will that be the case? That's the $185-million question for Rangers general manager Chris Young.Masataka Yoshida, Red Sox Boston Globe / Boston Globe / GettyThe Red Sox caught many off guard when they handed Japanese star Yoshida a five-year, $90-million contract, including the player himself."I was very surprised by this deal," Yoshida said at his introductory press conference. The 29-year-old dominated during his seven years in Nippon Professional Baseball, slashing .327/.421/.539 with 133 home runs and 467 RBIs across 762 games.The big question with any import is how they will adjust to major-league pitching. With the departures of Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez, as well as the injury to Trevor Story, Yoshida won't be afforded much of a grace period. He will be counted on to produce in a premium spot in the lineup from the get-go in his first season with the Red Sox.Yoshida doesn't grade out as a particularly good defender, and navigating the Green Monster at Fenway could prove very tricky for him. He could very well end up logging more games at designated hitter than anticipated, which wouldn't be ideal given the investment the Red Sox made.Yoshida's plate discipline and ability to hit for power might allow for a smooth transition, but there's a definite possibility that his path to success in North America is bumpy.Copyright © 2023 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Source: The Score
Friday, Jan 27, 2023

TheRotoFeedWhich Teams Make The Most Sense For Elvis Andrus?

This offseason’s crop of free agents featured a clear top four in the shortstop category. Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson were all highly sought after and all ended up securing deals well into nine-figure territory. There was a steep drop to the fifth best option, Elvis Andrus. Though there were many…

Source: TheRotoFeed
Monday, Jan 23, 2023

MLB Trade RumorsWhich Teams Make The Most Sense For Elvis Andrus?

This offseason’s crop of free agents featured a clear top four in the shortstop category. Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson were all highly sought after and all ended up securing deals well into nine-figure territory. There was a steep drop to the fifth best option, Elvis Andrus. Though there were many…

Source: MLB Trade Rumors
Monday, Jan 23, 2023


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