Red Sox’s Xander Bogaerts says he’s been assured the team won’t trade him by August 2 deadline

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The Boston Red Sox entered Thursday with one of the worst records in the majors (11-19) in their last 30 games. The Red Sox improved their standings slightly with a win over the Cleveland Guardians on Thursday, with shortstop Xander Bogaerts hitting a three-point home run in a starring role. Bogaerts took the opportunity to share with reporters that the organization assured him he would not be traded by the August 2 deadline, according to Christopher Smith of MassLive.

Bogaerts, 29, is fresh off his fourth career All-Star Game appearance. He entered the day hitting .317/.389/.454 (132 OPS+) with seven homers and five stolen bases (out of five attempts) in his first 95 games. His contributions had been estimated at 3.6 wins over replacement, per baseball reference.

Bogaerts had been one of many Red Sox, including designated hitter JD Martinez, starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and third baseman Rafael Devers, subject to recent speculation due to his ability to opt out of his contract at the end of the season. Bogaerts has at least three years and $60 million guaranteed remaining, with an option worth an additional $20 million for the 2026 season that will vest if he reaches a certain number of board appearances.

In other words, Bogaerts simply has to believe he can go over four years and $80 million to justify becoming a free agent. That seems more likely than not based on his game.

The Red Sox, now 50-50 on the year, were 4½ games out of the American League wild card race entering Thursday. Boston’s assurance to Bogaerts doesn’t necessarily mean the Red Sox will stay loyal or avoid moving one of their veterans. Martinez and Eovaldi, for example, are also imminent free agents who would appeal to suitors.

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