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Xander Bogaerts says Red Sox told him privately he wouldn’t be traded before deadline

Since the All-Star break, Red Sox star Xander Bogaerts is on a tear — .348/.444/.609 after his decisive three-run homer against the Guardians on Thursday.

Part of the reason for his success might be his renewed stability. With the trade deadline looming and the Red Sox scuffling, changes seem inevitable, but Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom suggested to reporters that both Bogaerts and Rafael Devers are off the table. According to Bogaerts, Bloom made that clear in private to him as well.

“I think I started playing better after that, right?” Bogaerts told reporters on Thursday.