Xander Jan Bogaerts was signed by the Boston Red Sox as an international free agent in August 2009. Since making his major league debut four years later, Bogaerts has gone on to win a pair of World Series and entered the discussion for the best player in franchise history at shortstop.
Get to know more about Bogaerts, who has started more games at shortstop for the Red Sox than any player since World War II and is second all-time in appearances at the position for the club.
Xander Bogaerts' bio
- Height: 6-foot-2
- Weight: 218 pounds
- Birthdate: October 1, 1992
- Birthplace: Oranjestad, Aruba
- College: None
- MLB experience: 9 years
- Position: Shortstop
- Jersey number: 2
Xander Bogaerts' career MLB stats
Here are some of Xander Bogaerts' notable career achievements and statistics:
- Two-time World Series champion (2013, 2018)
- Three-time American League All-Star (2016, 2019, 2021)
- Four-time American League Silver Slugger (2015, 2016, 2019, 2021)
- Two-time Futures Game participant (2012, 2013)
- One-time American League Player of the Week (July 8, 2018)
- Career totals (through 2021 season):
- 1,114 games played
- .290 batting average
- 141 home runs
- 610 runs batted in
- .353 on-base percentage
- .459 slugging percentage
- 66 stolen bases
Here are Xander Bogaerts' contract details with the Red Sox
Bogaerts signed a six-year, $120 million contract extension with the Red Sox in March 2019.
He can become a free agent following the 2022 season if he chooses to opt out of the final three years, $60 million guaranteed on his deal. The earliest he could become a free agent if he opts in to the remainder of his deal would be after the 2025 season, at age 33.
Through nine seasons in the majors, Bogaerts has earned more than $53 million.
Xander Bogaerts' international career
Bogaerts has represented the Netherlands, of which Aruba is a principality, in various international competitions. He played for the Dutch in the 2011 Baseball World Cup, winning a gold medal, as well as in the World Baseball Classic in 2013 and 2017.
Bogaerts is fluent in Dutch, as well as English, Spanish and Papiamento.
Meet Xander Bogaerts' family
Bogaerts has a twin brother, Jair, who had also signed with the Red Sox but was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2012 as part of the deal which also sent Theo Epstein to the Windy City. He was released a few months later.