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MLB rumors: Phillies have interest in Xander Bogaerts; Red Sox interested in Bryan Reynolds, others -

Mookie Betts should still be playing RF. Bogaerts should have been locked up solid a while ago.

The Phillies have “real interest” in free agent shortstop Xander Bogaerts, reports the New York Post. Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski knows Bogaerts from his time with the Red Sox and it was Dombrowski who signed Bogaerts to a six-year, $120 million extension in April 2019. Bogaerts opted out of the final three years of that contract this offseason.

Rookie shortstop Bryson Stott finished the regular season strong for the Phillies and he took impressive at-bats in the postseason. That said, there’s some thought Stott is a second baseman long-term. After declining Jean Segura’s $17 million club option, the Phillies could shift Stott to second and sign a top free agent shortstop, Bogaerts or otherwise. Our R.J. Anderson ranked Bogaerts the fifth-best free agent available.

jimfurtado Posted: November 13, 2022 at 10:42 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Textbook Editor Posted: November 13, 2022 at 02:26 PM (#6105378)
Well, sure.
   2. Darren Posted: November 13, 2022 at 05:55 PM (#6105404)

Boo-hoo also!
   3. Textbook Editor Posted: November 13, 2022 at 09:08 PM (#6105421)
Stott's an interesting case; looking at his minor league numbers during the playoffs, his approach during ABs seemed consistent with the numbers, and as a rookie one could reasonably assume he improves in a second season, but I'm not sure putting Xander at SS improves the left side of the IF defense for the Phillies (whereas leaving Stott there may, especially in a non-shift environment).

Were I the Phillies, I'd be focusing on the best combination of offense + defense you can get for the $25-$30 million you're likely having to spend to get a top-tier SS, and I'm not sure Xander (or Correa) is the one I'd be focusing on.

All that said, the Phillies basically punted defense at like 6 positions this season and were 2 wins away from a WS win. Maybe defense is overrated in this environment. (Though I do wonder if in a non-shift environment defense will be more valued/valuable.)
   4. John Reynard Posted: November 14, 2022 at 06:49 AM (#6105432)
I strongly prefer they get Trea Turner over Xander. No offense to Xander but he's likely a 3B sooner than I'd like Bohm to move to 1B and Turner matches the team's needs better too, even if they're semi-comparable hitters.

I mean, nothing wrong with getting both if Xander will play 2B and the owners in Philly decide to keep up with the Cohen on spending. Then you can trade Stott for a RP or something.
   5. DCA Posted: November 14, 2022 at 10:30 AM (#6105455)
The Phillies aren't in terrible shape in the IF. Edmundo Sosa is an elite defender, 4.6 WAR, 2.8 WAA in about a year's worth of PA. He's under control for 4 more years. Stott has a flawless pedigree and minor league track record, and after a rough start was an above average player the last 4 months of 2022. He's under control for 6 more years. Maton is a capable utility guy, and he's under control for 5 more years. The trio could easily cover the middle infield cheaply for the rest of the decade.

The greater needs are CF and 3B. I'm not sold on Marsh on either O or D, and Bohm has been pretty bad at both for 2 years running. He's soon to be arb eligible, and 1B/DH are blocked, not that it really matters for a replacement-level bat-only guy (and they could open up a spot for 2024 by letting Hoskins walk, which they should).

If I'm the Phillies, I keep tabs on all the high-end shortstops, in case anyone is open to a short-term punt a la Correa last year. But my only target FA bats of real substance would be Justin Turner (starting 3B this year, 1B next) and maybe Brandon Nimmo (add to the OF mix). Wouldn't mind Segura back on a reasonable deal (e.g. 2/$15-18m like Schoop and Wong signed last year). There's room for another SP too, to beef up the rotation for 2023 and hedge against losing Nola after the season, or Wheeler after next season.
   6. DCA Posted: November 14, 2022 at 10:44 AM (#6105456)
Dream offseason:

Segura 2/$16m
Turner 2/$32m + vesting 3rd year player option
Nimmo 5/$110m
Rodon 5/$140m
Stripling 2/$20m + vesting 3rd year player option

Bohm optioned to AAA to try to earn his way back into the 2024 plan
   7. pikepredator Posted: November 14, 2022 at 04:34 PM (#6105509)
it was Dombrowski who signed Bogaerts to a six-year, $120 million extension in April 2019. Bogaerts opted out of the final three years of that contract this offseason.

Man that guy really IS playing four-dimensional chess.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: November 14, 2022 at 11:50 PM (#6105579)
I'm a little confused by the Stott focus. I don't see anything in his numbers to suggest he'll be anythig better than average or a bit below at 2B/SS. Cheap and average is always nice and the sort of player you consider when deciding whether to pick up Segura's option but it's not the sort of player you consider in the decision whether to sign X (or Turner or whoever). Just like "whatever will we do with the 2014 Corolla??" is not a big consideration in the decision of whether to buy the new Merc C-class.

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