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When it comes to Mookie Betts' future with Red Sox, Xander Bogaerts is just as clueless as rest of us

When it comes to Mookie Betts' future with Red Sox, Xander Bogaerts is just as clueless as rest of us

SAN DIEGO -- Xander Bogaerts was born within a week of Mookie Betts in October of 1992, but that doesn't stop him from feeling like the former MVP's big brother.

And so it is that All-Star shortstop -- named a starter on the inaugural all-MLB team on Tuesday -- finds himself conflicted about Betts' future.

On the one hand, Bogaerts wants what's best for Betts, and if that means scoring a record payday in free agency, then so be it. On the other hand, if the Red Sox decide they're not the team to pay him, then Betts could be traded this winter.

"Obviously he's been a huge part of our organization and coming up through the system, and playing so many years with him, and the type of player that he is on and off the field," Bogaerts said. "He's so good on the field, but he's just even better off the field. I know we're pretty much the same age, but I still feel like I'm his older brother by a little bit. He's one of the best players in the game. It would be sad to see him leave. Hopefully, they can find a way to work things out, but Mookie's a grown man now, and he knows what decisions are in his best interests."

What the Red Sox plan to do with Betts remains the most pressing question at the winter meetings, but they don't seem to be feeling much urgency. On Tuesday, an executive with a team that has interest in the right fielder expressed mild surprise that the Red Sox hadn't yet engaged, suggesting that the Sox aren't aggressively shopping him, at least not yet.

It's possible the market for Betts will heat up once the best free-agent position player -- Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon -- finds a new home. The Dodgers have been linked to both Rendon and Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor, who could be traded. If they miss out on both, Betts would be a natural target.

The same goes for the Angels, who reportedly offered right-hander Gerrit Cole nearly $300 million before he signed a record deal with the Yankees. The Angels are also reportedly in on Rendon as they look to upgrade a roster that desperately needs to add talent around MVP Mike Trout, although neither Betts nor Rendon would upgrade their biggest weakness, which is starting pitching.

Bogaerts will watch the saga unfold from afar like the rest of us, hoping against hope that the Red Sox find a way to keep the five-tool outfielder who's technically six days his junior (Oct. 1 vs. Oct. 7).

"I know there's a lot of stories, a lot of stuff being said about the team and what moves we should and shouldn't do," Bogaerts said. "I know there's a lot. I can't keep up with it all, but we'll see what happens. Once spring training comes around, we'll have a better idea obviously of where we are as a team. As of now, I'm also waiting."

And if this is it for Betts, at least Bogaerts will have one final memory. When Betts scored from first on a deflected single to walk off the Orioles on the final day of the 2019 season, Bogaerts was the first player to greet him at the plate.

"I was in that picture when he got the last run of the year last year," he said, "so that will be a nice picture if he's gone."

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MLB Rumors: Reds interested in signing Brock Holt

MLB Rumors: Reds interested in signing Brock Holt

Brock Holt still doesn't have a team, but he's garnering attention in free agency with spring training less than one month away.

The Cincinnati Reds are one of the teams interested in signing the former Boston Red Sox utilityman, according to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

While Holt wouldn't be an everyday player, he'd be a valuable presence off the bench. The 31-year-old is a career .271 hitter and capable of playing virtually any position. In 2019, Holt played everywhere except pitcher, catcher, and center field.

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In addition to his versatility, Holt proved throughout his Red Sox tenure to be a fan favorite and beloved teammate. The 2015 All-Star undoubtedly would be a welcome addition to the Reds clubhouse.

Boston recently signed ex-Reds utilityman Jose Peraza, presumably Holt's replacement, to a one-year deal worth about $3 million.

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MLB rumors: Red Sox have shown interest in Hensley Meulens for manager job

MLB rumors: Red Sox have shown interest in Hensley Meulens for manager job

The Boston Red Sox need a new manager with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in less than a month, and one potential candidate is Hensley Meulens.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported late Sunday night that Boston has shown interest in New York Mets bench coach Hensley Meulens.


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Meulens is a really good option for the Red Sox. Before joining the Mets in November, he spent the last decade with the San Francisco Giants as a hitting coach and bench coach, helping the National League club win World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He also managed the Netherlands at the 2013 World Baseball Classic and speaks several languages. Meulens was a candidate for the New York Yankees' manager job in 2017.

The Mets also need a new manager after parting ways with Carlos Beltran last week, and they would be smart to promote Meulens instead of letting him leave for Boston.

The Red Sox parted ways with manager Alex Cora last week after Major League Baseball named him 11 times in a nine-page report detailing the Houston Astros' sign-stealing operation used over the last few years. Cora was the Astros' bench coach in 2017 before joining the Red Sox as their manager for 2018. The MLB report concluded Cora played a key role in creating and implementing Houston's sign-stealing system. The 2018 Red Sox currently are being investigated by the league.

The sign-stealing scandal has resulted in three managers -- Cora, Beltran and Houston's A.J. Hinch -- losing their jobs, and none of these positions have been filled yet.

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