According to reports In the month of SeptemberThe Phillies intended to give chase. Xander Bogaerts Once the free agent market opens, and that plan will obviously remain intact two months from now. according to John Heyman of the New York PostIt is “Philadelphia”.It is believed that he has a real interest” Bogaerts is the latest big-ticket addition to the roster.

Since Bogaerts received a qualifying offer from the Red Sox that he is sure to decline, the Phillies will have more value to sign since Philadelphia passes the luxury tax threshold in 2022. By rejecting a free agent, the Phils must give up 1MM of the international bonus pool, and their second- and fifth-highest picks in the 2023 draft.

Friend star short stops Dansby Swanson And Treya Turner They are also tied to draft compensation, so in theory the Phillies could pick them. Carlos Correa If you are going to buy from The top shelf of the short market. Since Correa rejected a qualifying offer last summer, he is ineligible for another QO, and could be signed without compensation. Of course, this would give Correa more appeal to other teams, which wouldn’t necessarily help the Phillies in a bidding war.

The Phils are expected to at least look at all of these shortstops, but Bogaerts has a personal relationship with president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who was Boston’s PBO from 2015-19. That season, the Red Sox won the World Series in 2018, and Bogaerts signed a six-year, $120MM extension this summer to test the market.

Since the Phillies rejected their 17mm club option Jean Segura For 2023, the Phils suddenly had a clean hole in the Bogaerts signing. Bryson Stott He’ll move to second base, and Bogaerts could step right in as Philadelphia’s new everyday shortstop. Edmond SosaHis emergence after joining the Phillies in a midseason trade puts him in the mix, though Sosa could be moved around the diamond — splitting time with Stout at second base, making occasional appearances in left field or spelling it out. Alec Boehm According to the third.

Club option rejected by Segura and between Zach Eflin Minus the late draft pick, the Phillies have roughly $179.3MM in salary on the books for 2023, and the luxury tax figure is just under $190.8MM. Assuming Bogaerts signed a contract in MLBTR’s range Prediction At an average annual value of $27MM, that still leaves Dombrowski some room under the $233MM tax line to add more to the roster. Of course, this has the Phillies very concerned about restarting their tax bill. In the year After winning the NL pennant in 2022, if adding a player like Bogaerts means ownership won’t be too much of a stretch for a second straight year, he could put the Phils over the top for a World Series title.

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