Bloom: Red Sox don't plan to trade Bogaerts, Devers
Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom wants to make a push for the playoffs and isn't planning on moving stars Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers before the Aug. 2 trade deadline.
"We haven't had any discussions internally or with any other club about moving (Bogaerts). We don't plan to," Bloom confirmed Tuesday after Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said earlier in the day that Bogaerts and Devers haven't been mentioned in trade talks, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.
"There's been no discussions or commentary internally or externally about moves related to the trade deadline involving Xander, Raffy, or anyone else to my knowledge. At this point, we're focused on getting back in this thing and winning," Kennedy said, according to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe.
Bogaerts can test free agency during the offseason if he opts out of his deal, while Devers is under team control through the 2023 campaign.
"We do want to keep them here," Bloom said, according to Mastrodonato. "What people think about me and my role, some of that is a narrative you can't control. … The guys who have (stayed in Boston long term), it's because everybody was able to work out something that worked for everybody. That's been our hope."
Bloom believes in the 2022 edition of the Red Sox despite losing 14 of their last 18 games to drop out of a wild-card spot.
"Everybody moved to writing off this group. We're not. We're trying to make the postseason," the 39-year-old executive said. "We're going to explore a lot of stuff. Some of that might be things people expect, some of it might not be, but we want to get this group to the postseason."
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