Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe hears from two Red Sox team sources that Xander Bogaerts is still viewed as the club’s shortstop. With Pablo Sandoval in the mix, this likely means that Hanley Ramirez is headed to left field. That means that Yoenis Cespedes is all but out of Boston; the only variable pertains to which team he is eventually traded.
Of course, the Red Sox could still explore trading Bogaerts. They have talked to the Phillies about a trade for starter Cole Hamels, and Bogaerts would certainly be a great starting point.
Bogaerts, 22, was the consensus #2 overall prospect according to Baseball America, MLB.com, and Baseball Prospectus entering the 2014 season. He struggled in his first full season, however, batting .240/.297/.362 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI in 594 plate appearances. Many believe Bogaerts has a better future as a third baseman as opposed to a shortstop.