The Arizona Diamondbacks are one of three teams intersted in shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Last season with the Boston Red Sox, Bogaerts hit .307, with 15 home runs and 73 RBIs.
If signed with Diamondbacks, Bogaerts could provide stability to the team and help develop Jordan Lawlar, with an ETA of 2024. He also could mentor the other young players on the Diamondbacks.
At 30 years old, you would think the Diamondbacks would look to sign Bogaerts to a short-term deal. However, a long-term contract could be dangerous at the age of 30. Players tend to decline in their mid-30s, and if that happens, you could still be on the hook to pay a high dollar amount for a declining player for many years.
In ten seasons with the Red Sox, Bogaerts hit .292 with 156 home runs, 308 doubles, and 683 RBIs. He posted 34.2 wins above replacement.
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