The Red Sox cannot refuse a trade offer from Xander Bogaerts

The Chicago White Sox could certainly use an upgrade in their infield. Could a trade be on the horizon for Xander Bogaerts?

The White Sox are one of several teams that make long-term sense for Bogaerts. While they have their shortstop of the future in Tim Anderson, they could ask Bogaerts to move to second or third base – something he could be willing to do if Chicago can sign him on a long-term contract.

Before the White Sox traded Bogaerts, they would need to confirm all of this information. Namely, would Bogaerts switch positions, and is he willing to sign long-term on the South Side?

If the answer is a resounding yes, then Chicago should take a swipe at him. Trading with Bogaerts would be costly.

White Sox: What Would a Xander Bogaerts Trade Look Like?

When I say “an offer the Red Sox can’t refuse,” I mean it’s a deal that probably goes beyond what the White Sox are comfortable with, at least initially. To make that trade, Chicago would need confirmation that Bogaerts is comfortable being a perennial MVP candidate on the South Side. Hell – they might even have to contact Scott Boras on contract parameters.

Assuming all is well, our friends at Southside Showdown have revealed three potential offers for Bogaerts depending on how much the Red Sox ask. The following is from Vincent Parise, and is essentially an offer Boston can’t refuse:

Get White Sox

Xander Bogaerts

Get Red Sox

Garrett Crotchet

Andrew Vaughn

Colson Montgomery

Jake Burger

If the Red Sox say no to that, then they have absolutely no intention of trading with Bogaerts.

Crotchet is in 60 Day IL and will be undergoing Tommy John surgery so he is out for the foreseeable future but plans to be a top bullpen arm when he is healthy. Vaughn has been circulated in trade rumors and could start at first base or outfield for Boston long-term.

Colson Montgomery is Chicago’s No. 1 prospect and could end up being the gem of this trade should it develop. Burger, on the other hand, is a bit of an oddball with no real position at the moment. He certainly wouldn’t play at third base with the Red Sox as selling Bogaerts likely ensures they keep Rafael Devers for the long term.

Yes, it’s a lot. However, keep in mind that this is the “final offer” and may very well have different names at the end. The Red Sox cannot refuse a trade offer from Xander Bogaerts

John Verrall

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