Xander Bogaerts picks up this week’s VA Hero of the Week presented by VA Healthcare after signing a six-year contract extension with the Boston Red Sox on Monday.

The 26-year-old was primed to be one of the more coveted infielders on the open market this offseason, but he opted to forgo free agency this winter and sign a long-term deal with the franchise that acquired him a decade ago.

NESN.com’s Rachel Holt has more with his numbers from the start of the regular season. To learn more visit www.nesn.com/veteran