The Boston Red Sox seem to be stuck in the middle.
Part of them wants to contend, while the other part is looking toward the future.
That is not a good place to be for a team with a rich history of winning.
But, the Red Sox have become cheap in free agency in recent years.
Those signings are the moves a contending team would make, but they allowed one of their best players to leave.
If the Red Sox are serious about winning, they need to replace Bogaerts.
Here are two players that could do the job.
1. Dansby Swanson
Replacing a shortstop with a shortstop makes sense.
So the Red Sox have to be interested in Dansby Swanson.
The former Atlanta Brave can replace what the Red Sox lost in Bogaerts.
Braves beat writer @mlbbowman on the Dansby Swanson market:
“The Cubs, Cardinals, Twins and Red Sox are among the teams that have thus far shown the most interest in Swanson.” pic.twitter.com/DoaXBH4nZp
— Boston Sports Gordo (@BOSSportsGordo) December 8, 2022
Swanson is also a year younger than Bogaerts, which is always a plus.
But, the issue with Swanson will be his contract demands.
If he is looking for a deal similar to what Bogaerts or Trea Turner got then Boston will probably be out.
But, if they can get him on a cheaper deal, the fan base would most welcome a winning player like Swanson.
2. Carlos Correa
The best shortstop on the market is former Houston Astro Carlos Correa.
He can replace everything that Bogaerts did while doing it two years younger.
But, the contract he is going to command will be much higher than that of Bogaerts.
Correa will be 28 years old for almost all of next season, so he is still in his prime.
You have to think the Red Sox will pivot to Carlos Correa, who is extremely close with Alex Cora. https://t.co/Cz5cXCWW2x
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) December 8, 2022
In terms of wins above replacement, Correa had 10.5 last season with Bogaerts at 10.4.
So if the Red Sox want to go all-in for a shortstop, Correa is their guy.
Boston needs to decide what team they want to be in 2023, and if winning is the priority then they need to add one of these shortstops.