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Chaim Bloom: Report of Red Sox pursuing a Xander Bogaerts replacement ‘overblown’

"I wouldn’t read too much into that."

Xander Bogaerts during Oct. 2022.
Xander Bogaerts during Oct. 2022. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

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Chaim Bloom’s response: After Xander Bogaerts opted out of his Red Sox contract earlier this week (making him a free agent this offseason), Boston chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom insisted that the shortstop remained the team’s “first choice” as a priority.

Shortly afterward, however, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported that the Red Sox might be planning for a future without Bogaerts.

“According to sources, the Red Sox have started reaching out to some teams regarding the availability of their second basemen, hoping to figure out Plan B in the likely event that Bogaerts leaves Boston,” wrote Feinsand.

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He quoted an unnamed source who claimed that it “doesn’t seem like they’re going to spend big on a shortstop.”

During a media availability at the general managers meetings in California on Tuesday, Bloom pushed back on the notion that the team is already bracing for a Bogaerts departure.

“I would say that individual report is overblown,” Bloom explained, according to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo. “We’re looking into a lot of different guys right now. Some of whom, obviously, intersect with our shortstop situation. Some of whom don’t. I wouldn’t read too much into that.”

Bloom admitted that Boston has examined what might happen if the longtime shortstop leaves for another team. Part of the plan is expected to involve moving Trevor Story back to shortstop (where he played prior to signing with the Red Sox last offseason), or possibly using utility player Kiké Hernández at the position.

“We talked about it internally. It’s not something we wanted to think about but we might have to think about it,” he said. “We feel good about both [Story and Hernández] being able to play there so I think it allows us to look at different options to add impact to the club.”

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Baseball’s GM meetings run from Nov. 9 through Nov. 11, with free agency set to formally begin on Thursday, Nov. 10.

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