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Phillies rumor: Xander Bogaerts has 'genuine interest' in PHI in MLB free agency

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 5: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox throws from his knees to begin a double play during the sixth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on October 5, 2022 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

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The Philadelphia Phillies are aiming to find an upgrade at shortstop in free agency. New York Post Defending National League champs deemed ‘genuine interest’ Four-time All-Star Xander Bogaerts.

Bogaerts could be a backup plan as Phillies have strong ties to Traea Turner . Bogaerts opted out of the final three years and the remaining $60 million of his contract with the Boston Red Sox, becoming a free agent. on 97.5 The Fanatic earlier this week (h/t John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia) , The Athletic’s Jayson Stark said Turner wanted “some interesting rumors” in Philadelphia.

While both players will carry a hefty price tag in the offseason, Bogart may be more of a match for the Phillies Attractive because he may not be worth as much as Turner. He’s 8 months older than he is, and his strength has declined over the past three seasons.

Bogaerts’ power output in 2019 (0.555) since posting a career-high slugging rate It fell nearly 100 points to 0.456 last season. He remains one of the best pure hitters at shortstop, averaging 0.307 hits and 0.377 hits in 2022. Boston’s key decision makers including Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom and General Manager Brian O’Halloran Ben Zhou told reporters that their priority is to re-sign the Bogaerts.

It’s no surprise that the Phillies might want to be part of Bogart’s sweepstakes. President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski has spent his career signing big names in free agency.

Phillies only have $140.2 million in guaranteed salary Bryson Stott is Philadelphia’s leading shortstop in 2022. The 25-year-old rookie was mostly used to defend him. He hit .234/.295/.358 with 10 homers and 49 RBIs in 127 games.

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