Xander Bogaerts’ first season in San Diego was a trying one, as the star-studded Padres underperformed and missed the Major League Baseball playoffs.

Bogaerts will be leaned on as the National League West club tries to bounce back in 2024, but the four-time All-Star will be challenged with attempting to be productive in unfamiliar territory.

The former Boston Red Sox star is set to move to second base, a position he saw no time at across his first 11 big league seasons. San Diego is handing over shortstop duties to Ha-seong Kim, a fourth-year pro coming off a Gold Glove campaign.

Bogaerts spoke publicly about the position change for the first time Friday. While the 31-year-old clearly isn’t thrilled to move to the right side of the infield, he’s operating with a team-first mindset.

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“I mean, I signed here as a shortstop, you know? But, to me, I live and die baseball,” Bogaerts told reporters, per a video shared by 97.3 The Fan. “I felt like we had this conversation earlier in the morning. I was like listen, man, if this is the way you guys view the team as better — I respect Kim, especially defensively. I actually admire him a lot. So, maybe it can hurt, but I’m just doing it in the best interest of the team. In the end, I feel like I’m at peace with moving off. I felt like if I really didn’t want to, I could just let them know. It might have been a tough situation, but I feel like I’m really at peace of I’m gonna have to move off.

“I think deep down in my heart, I was actually cool with it. I didn’t expect maybe to be cool with it, but what more can I accomplish in this game? The only reason I came here was to win a World Series. So, if this is the way we’re gonna get one, so be it. I was just thinking. I won a World Series at third base, I won one at shortstop and it would be very nice to win one at second base. So, I’m looking at the positives.”

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Red Sox fans will have an opportunity to see Bogaerts at his new position in his old stomping grounds in late June when the Padres visit Fenway Park for a three-game weekend series.

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