What to make of the Padres interest in Xander Bogaerts switching positions

Tomase: What to make from the Padres interest in Bogaerts moving off of brief initially appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Xander Bogaerts, very first baseman?

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Padres have actually asked with representative Scott Boras to ask if Bogaerts would think about other infield positions. San Diego has actually ended up being a gamer for significant totally free representatives recently, and GM A.J. Preller isn’t scared to be vibrant, which is why the Padres can be found in 2nd on our list of prospective Bogaerts landing areas.

It’s uncertain where the Padres may desire Bogaerts to move. San Diego’s present starter at brief, Ha-Seong Kim, is thought about an outstanding protector and approximately typical player who might move to a utility function. There’s likewise the matter of All-Star Fernando Tatis Jr., who missed out on the whole season after breaking his wrist and after that being suspended 80 video games for performance-enhancing drugs. Persistent shoulder problems might move Tatis to the outfield.

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If either of them remains at brief, the most apparent infield hole is at initially, where Eric Hosmer played frequently prior to being traded to the Red Sox in August. Second baseman Jake Cronenworth and 3rd baseman Manny Machado were both All-Stars each of the last 2 years, so there would be less reward to move among them, though Cronenworth has experience in the beginning base.

What’s uncertain is how ready Bogaerts would be to alter positions, specifically provided the pride he takes in playing shortstop. He bristled at recommendations last spring that he may abandon the position to include totally free representative Trevor Story. The Red Sox rather moved Story to 2nd, where he pinched hit power and played exceptional defense, albeit in just 94 video games, thanks to injuries.

Bogaerts, on the other hand, kipped down another exceptional offending season while providing a few of the very best protective varieties of his profession en path to being called both Silver Slugger winner and Gold Glove finalist.

If the Padres encourage him to move, it will need a modification of mindset on the part of the four-time All-Star, who uses No. 2 in honor of youth hero Derek Jeter, a long-lasting shortstop.

“Bro. I’m a shortstop, man,” Bogaerts stated in spring training. “That’s where I’ve played my whole career. Obviously it’s a position I take a lot of pride in. If you look at my numbers, they’ve been pretty good for these years. I like being there. That’s it.”

As for altering positions, Bogaerts shot that down in Fort Myers.

“I haven’t thought of that,” he stated. “Why would I think of playing second or third if I’m playing short? I don’t see any sense in that. Just going out there, playing shortstop and trying to get better, especially on the defensive side.”

There will be a shortstop task for Bogaerts someplace this winter season, and perhaps even Boston. But the Padres have actually shown a current determination to beat the marketplace, so perhaps Bogaerts gets the proverbial deal he can’t decline to sign up with a lineup that likewise includes super star Juan Soto.

Just consider it another layer to a legend that’s only simply starting.

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