Phillies Expected To Target Xander Bogaerts In Free Agency

Although there’s lots left to be determined within the Phillies’ 2022 season, it is by no means too early to take a position about what the membership might need in retailer for the winter or for the 2023 marketing campaign. To this finish, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe writes that “the Phillies shall be keen suitors Xander Bogaertssupplied that Bogaerts (as anticipated) opts out of his contract with the Red Sox.

Reports already surfaced in June that Philadelphia could be concentrating on the shortstop place this winter, with the Phils trying to make a splash in a free agent class that’s anticipated to incorporate the likes of Bogaerts, Trea Turner, Dansby Swansonand so on Carlos Correa. Bogaerts and Correa are seen as digital locks to train opt-out clauses, and Turner and Swanson are each scheduled to hit the open market (though Swanson and the Braves are exploring an extension).

Bogaerts’ expertise makes him a pure goal for any group that desires an enormous improve at shortstop, and the Phillies are maybe an much more logical match because of the previous ties between Bogaerts and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. After all, Dombrowski was Boston’s president of baseball operations when Bogaerts signed his present contract — a six-year, $120MM extension that included an opt-out clause following the present season. Bogaerts could be leaving three years and $60MM on the desk to choose out, however there is no such thing as a doubt he’d simply prime that quantity on the open market.

Of course, shortstop shouldn’t be fairly the issue place it was for the Phillies at first of the season. After a really gradual begin in his rookie yr, Bryson Stott has began to acclimate to the Show, hitting .305/.349/.488 with 5 dwelling runs over his final 175 plate appearances. However, Stott has largely break up his time between second base and shortstop, with defensive metrics (albeit in a pattern dimension of not even one full season) indicating that his glove performs higher at second base. While Bogaerts’ personal glovework at shortstop has been a query mark for years, he’s at present having fun with the very best defensive season of his profession, with constructive grades from the Outs Above Average, Defensive Runs Saved, and UZR/150 metrics.

If the Phillies have been to signal Bogaerts and transfer Stott to second base, that leaves Jean Segura because the odd man out. The Phils maintain a $17MM membership possibility ($1MM buyout) on Segura for the 2023 season, and Segura is posting his typical degree of offensive manufacturing, though he has solely 301 plate appearances attributable to a fractured finger. Another possibility could be to retain Segura, and Stott and Segura at second and third base with Bogaerts as the brand new shortstop. This would displace the defensive-challenged Alec Bohm from third base, and Bohm might maybe be tried at first base, and Rhys Hoskins — who’s a free agent after 2023 — might turn out to be a commerce chip.

There are numerous methods the Phillies might strategy issues this winter, and payroll can even be a think about a pursuit of Bogaerts or every other top-flight shortstop. Lots of wage (Segura, Didi Gregorius, Noah Syndergaard, Zach Eflin, Corey Knebel, Kyle Gibson, Brad Hand, The Jeurys Family) might come off the books within the type of pending free brokers and declined membership choices, however that additionally leaves plenty of roster holes to be crammed. As per Roster Resource, the Phils are slated to pay the posh tax in 2022, and thus they’d should pay a better penalty in draft decide compensation for signing a qualifying-offer free agent (ie Bogaerts).

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