Red Sox

Position-by-position look at Red Sox roster: Shortstop

This is Part 4 in a series in which we'll examine the Red Sox roster by position. Each day, we'll focus on one spot around the diamond, examine the incumbent player(s), look at prospects in the system and comment on the state of the position within the organization in general.


INCUMBENT: Xander Bogaerts
CONTRACT: The extension that Bogaerts agreed to in the first week of last season doesn't kick in until the 2020 season. He'll be paid $20 million in each of the next five seasons, with a $20 million option for 2026.
THE SKINNY: Not much went right for the Red Sox in 2019, but Bogaerts was the exception to the rule. The contract extension proved to be the best deal done during the Dombrowski Era, as Bogaerts surely