Rafael Devers Bids Farewell To Xander Bogaerts On Instagram

'Thank you for teaching me many things'

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December 8, 2022

Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts built quite the friendship over the last six seasons as Boston Red Sox teammates.

And now Devers will play with a new shortstop for the first time in his Major League Baseball career after Bogaerts reportedly agreed to an 11-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $280 million at the winter meetings. Devers often referred to the five-time Silver Slugger as his brother and often spoke highly of him and many Red Sox fans were wondering what that means for the third baseman.

Devers will be a free agent at the end of the 2023 season but for now, he’ll take his corner position without Bogaerts to his left.

The 26-year-old followed Kiké Hernández’s lead and bid farewell to Bogaerts with a touching Instagram story.

Translated from Google, it reads, “Thank you for teaching me many things. I’m always going to admire you as a person and as a baller, the best. You’re an example to follow.”

It’s unclear what’s next for the Red Sox at shortstop, but it’s going to be tough to fill the void Bogaerts leaves behind.

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