Superstar Xander Bogaerts becomes free agent after opting out of contract with Red Sox

Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts points to teammates in the dugout after his home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox might lose the face of their franchise to free agency after shortstop Xander Bogaerts opted out of his contract.

The 30-year-old superstar has made the decision to test free agency this offseason and opt out of the final three years of his six-year, $120 million deal, according to the Major League Baseball Players Association.

In 10 seasons in Boston, Bogaerts hit to an average of .292 with 156 home runs and 683 RBIs in 1,264 games.

Bogaerts served as a key player on two World Series winning teams in 2013 and 2018.

Nathan Eovaldi, Rich Hill, J.D. Martinez, Matt Strahm, and Michael Wacha are also expected to hit free agency.

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