Not many reasons to keep up with the Red Sox, but Xander Bogaerts is one of them (and eight other thoughts)

I understand why the Red Sox brain trust — go ahead and make air quotes if you wish — would have legitimate concerns about how Bogaerts will age into his 30s. I also think they were underestimating the importance of a player who thrives in an intense market and is a figure of immense respect and integrity in the clubhouse. They would be making a mistake for myriad reasons if they let him depart this offseason.