After the Boston Red Sox extended Rafael Devers, it appeared that things were getting better for the franchise and that more moves would follow.
More moves may follow, but not for the reason Red Sox fans were hoping for.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that shortstop Trevor Story had undergone elbow surgery and would be out for an undetermined amount of time.
This news has infuriated Red Sox fans and has made the loss of Xander Bogaerts hurt that much more.
On Twitter, one fan expressed his frustration with the situation and how if the team had kept Bogaerts, the loss of Story wouldn’t be as consequential.
Trevor Story sidelined.
Gosh, if only #RedSox had taken the time to develop a terrific shortstop.
You know, the kind of youngster you sign early, stick with over the bumps as they learn, and then keep and celebrate as the face of the franchise.
Yeah, imagine. pic.twitter.com/ZrqpwgZKP0
— Red Sox Nation Stats (@RSNStats) January 10, 2023
Nothing can soothe the pain of Red Sox fans after the loss of Bogaerts.
The news of Story’s surgery only complicates matters for the team.
Now, they’ll need to find a temporary replacement for their star shortstop.
The 30-year-old had a disappointing first season in Boston, hitting just .238 with 16 home runs and 66 RBI.
He had signed a six-year contract prior to the 2022 season.
But Red Sox fans are certainly missing Bogaerts now.
The team won just 78 games and finished at the bottom of the AL East in 2022.
Now, matters are worse.
There are still a few infielders left unsigned on the free agent market, such as Elvis Andrus, Josh Harrison, and former Red Sox utilityman Jose Iglesias.
They could also look to make a trade.
Paul DeJong has found himself on the outside looking in with the St. Louis Cardinals.
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