MLB Rumors: Red Sox Linked To 2 More Free Agents For Infield

The Boston Red Sox are in dire straits in the middle infield. With shortstop Xander Bogaerts gone and 2B/SS-to-be Trevor Story out for at least half the 2023 season, the BoSox seem to be linked to just about anybody that can play the keystone. The latest rumor has them interested in two more free agents.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today says the Sox "have expressed interest in free-agent shortstop Elvis Andrus and free agent infielder/outfielder Jurickson Profar.”

Andrus, 34, is probably the top shortstop still available on the free agent market. He's a 2-time All-Star, and though far past his prime, he can still help a major league team. 

He proved his case last season. After expressing his frustration with a lack of playing time in Oakland, they released him in August. Upon landing with the Chicago White Sox shortly thereafter, he went on to blast nine home runs and steal 11 bases in just 43 games, posting a .273 average with a .773 OPS. 

His All-Star seasons are far back in the rearview mirror (2010, 2012), but he could still be a good fit for the BoSox in the short term. 

Profar seems like an odder choice, as he's pretty much transitioned out of his infield utilityman role into a full-time outfielder the past couple of years. 

The Beantowners are also said to be interested in a familiar face as a possibility in the infield. 

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