Bogaerts: 1st extension offer from Red Sox was 'pretty rough'
San Diego Padres shortstop Xander Bogaerts wanted to stay with the Boston Red Sox for the remainder of his career but says a lowball offer set the stage for him to leave the only franchise he'd ever known.
"I didn't get my hopes up. I remember in spring training, Scott (Boras) approached me about an extension offer and I was like 'Alright, let's see what's going on,'" Bogaerts said recently on the "Baseball Isn't Boring" podcast.
"When he came back with the offer it was like, 'Oh shit, this is pretty rough.' It was a little disappointing, to be honest."
Bogaerts, who inked an 11-year, $280-million deal with the Padres in December, reportedly received a four-year, $90-million offer from the Red Sox.
"That kind of set the stage (for leaving). I was looking forward to seeing what they would offer, and once that offer came out, it was (very) surprising," the 30-year-old said.
Boston made an improved offer in the winter, according to Bogaerts, but the four-time All-Star admitted it was only a "little" bump.
"They probably had another vision for the team," he said. "Maybe they didn't expect for me to get what I got in the end. Maybe they valued me a little different, and free agency is a whole different ballgame."
Bogaerts won five Silver Slugger awards and two World Series with the Red Sox during his 10-year tenure, recording a .292/.356/.458 slash line with 156 home runs and 683 RBIs in 1,264 games.