Bogaerts: Vazquez trade was a step in wrong direction

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Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts isn't thrilled by his team's approach to the MLB trade deadline.

The Red Sox dealt catcher Christian Vazquez to the Houston Astros on Monday for minor leaguers Wilyer Abreu and Enmanuel Valdez. The club's decision to move on from the stalwart behind the plate left Bogaerts unsure about Boston's direction.

"I wouldn't say (we) waved the white flag," Bogaerts said Tuesday, according to MassLive's Chris Cotillo. "But that's a big piece going out before all of us expected or hoped that someone was coming in. ... It was a big move, it was a big piece of the team, yes. But it was at least trending in that direction (of the white flag), if you ask me. We got a couple good players back. We'll see how it goes."

The Red Sox also acquired Eric Hosmer from the San Diego Padres and Tommy Pham from the Cincinnati Reds.

Bogaerts can opt out of his contract and test free agency following the season. The 29-year-old insists he hasn't allowed himself to consider his future in light of the Vazquez trade.

"It's a good question, but I haven't given thought of that at all," Bogaerts said. "I don't think now is a good time to talk about it because sometimes your mind isn't in the right place."

Bogaerts is authoring another strong season for the Red Sox. He earned his fourth All-Star nod and has posted an .842 OPS with eight home runs and 45 RBIs in 100 games.

Bogaerts: Vazquez trade was a step in wrong direction
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