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Red Sox to ponder futures of All-Stars Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers: ‘We want to win with them’

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Red Sox to ponder futures of All-Stars Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers: ‘We want to win with them’

Three days after the Red Sox were eliminated from the playoffs, having lost in Friday’s Game 6 of the American League Championship Series to the Astros, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom sat in front of the assembled media at Fenway Park and faced questions about the future.

Bloom didn’t have many concrete answers. Simply, there hasn’t been much time to discuss the decisions they face when the offseason officially begins in a few weeks.

“We’re going to start this week looking at that,” Bloom said. “I wish we had even less time than we ended up having, but obviously we have a couple of weeks to figure that out.”

As Bloom and his front office begin that work this week — the chief baseball officer’s third offseason in charge — they’re faced with several big questions going into 2022 as they look to build on a surprising season that left them two wins away from the World Series.

Among them, the biggest priority might not even be the most urgent: How do they view the left side of their infield?

Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers are both coming off All-Star seasons, and their futures in Boston are nearing looming decisions. Bogaerts can opt out of the final three years of his team-friendly, six-year, $120 million contract after the 2022 season. Bogaerts, who the Red Sox view as one of the best shortstops in the game, would certainly see a raise if he does, especially after seeing fellow shortstops Francisco Lindor and Fernando Tatis Jr. see massive paydays this year.

Devers, meanwhile, will enter arbitration this winter. He’s not set to be a free agent until 2024, but the Red Sox will likely explore extension discussions with their 25-year-old third baseman, who Bloom has expressed a desire to remain in Boston for a long time. That hasn’t changed.

“Obviously we’re early in the offseason and we haven’t (dived) into the specifics of how we’d handle either of those guys and their situations,” Bloom said Monday of Bogaerts and Devers. “But both of those guys are cornerstone players for us. They’re guys that you want here as long as you can have them here. They were a huge part of what we did this year. They were a huge part of the last championship, they’re going to be a huge part of our success moving forward.

“Obviously what that means, when we address it, how we address it, it’s still early to say. We have a lot of conversations to have, a lot of things to lay out as far as how we’re going to go through the offseason, but we want them here, and we want to win with them.”

Bloom faces several other, more urgent situations that will have a direct impact on how he goes about his offseason.

J.D. Martinez has until five days after the World Series to decide if he wants to opt into the final year of his contract that would pay him $19.35 million in 2022. The 34-year-old designated hitter has opted in each of the last two years, and his decision will help set the table for the Red Sox’ offseason, and likely help clarify if Kyle Schwarber will come back.

Schwarber, acquired at the trade deadline, has an $11.5 million mutual option that he’s expected to decline after his All-Star season, which would make him a free agent. Schwarber, who has expressed a desire to return to Boston, excelled with the Red Sox after learning first base, and seemed to fit in well with Martinez, even though both are probably better suited as a DH. Could they bring both back for another year?

“We played some of our best baseball in that alignment with Kyle learning that position on the fly,” Bloom said. “Both guys are really talented players. We like them both. We have to look at it all, obviously. The offseason can unfold in different ways. Both guys obviously play the outfield as well. So there’s different ways this could unfold. Talent is talent. There’s a lot of different ways to get where we want to go.”

The Red Sox face a decision on catcher Christian Vazquez, who has a club option for 2022 at $7 million. The 30-year-old Vazquez, who’s played his entire career in Boston, saw his offensive numbers dip from his breakout 2019 season, but he started 119 games at catcher and has been consistent behind the plate.

“​​He’s a really important guy to us and we know how much the organization means to him,” Bloom said. “It’s a hard position to check all the boxes and you don’t take for granted when you have someone who’s shown he can do it.”

Other club options the Red Sox have to make decisions on include Garrett Richards ($10 million) and Martin Perez ($7 million), who both began the season as starters before they were demoted to the bullpen.

Bloom will have a lot to think about over the coming weeks, but he likes where the Red Sox are at. Though they fell short of a championship, Bloom feels like he has a foundation set for the future.

“We fell six wins short of that ultimate goal, but in terms of this being the start of something, in terms of us feeling like we have a bunch of guys who joined this group who are ready to help us win going forward, I think we’re there,” Bloom said. “I think the mission now is to continue to build on that.”

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Aurora school district closes campuses for lunch after shootings

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Aurora school district closes campuses for lunch after shootings

AURORA — After recent shootings involving teens in Aurora, the public school system has decided students will have to stay on campus during lunch break at least for the next several weeks.

All high schools in Aurora will have closed campuses beginning Monday and continuing at least through winter break, an Aurora Public Schools spokesperson told KCNC-TV in Denver.

The announcement was made Saturday at a vigil held at Nome Park, where six students from Aurora Central High School were shot and injured on Nov. 15. Two arrests have been made.

Four days later, three more students were injured in a shooting in the parking lot at Hinkley High School. Three arrests have been made in that case.

Aurora schools will have additional security and mental health support for students when they return to classes after the Thanksgiving break, Superintendent Rico Munn said in a letter to the community.

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Instant Analysis: Miami Dolphins 33, Carolina Panthers 10

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David Furones, Dolphins Writer

This is what the Dolphins look like clicking on all cylinders. Tua Tagovailoa, even without DeVante Parker and Will Fuller, connecting with Jaylen Waddle non-stop. The defense swarming and forcing turnovers. Even special teams is scoring. The momentum is real, and Miami can legitimately reinsert itself into playoff discussion with a few more wins against a favorable upcoming schedule.

Keven Lerner, Assistant Sports Editor

The Dolphins had their most complete effort of the year and they are now 5-7. Tua Tagovailoa played very well and the defense was even better. Wins against the quite-incomplete Giants and Jets would have Miami at .500. Crazy.

Steve Svekis, Assistant Sports Editor

OK … the Dolphins have basically negated the Falcons and Jaguars losses with two wins as a home underdog against the Ravens and Panthers. They are 5-7 and it would be inexcusable for this meteorically rising defense and the truly competent offense to not defeat the visiting Giants and Jets to get to 7-7. Then, they probably would need to sweep the Saints, Titans and Patriots to reach the playoffs. But, more realistic now — and inconceivable four games ago — is a winning season at 9-8. Tua did two big things he hadn’t during this season: didn’t throw a bad interception, and hit Jaylen Waddle in stride deep down the field. Waddle could end up right in the mix for consideration as the best wide receiver in this draft’s loaded wide receiver first round.

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Business People: BWBR names Stephanie McDaniel president and CEO

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OF NOTE – ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING

Stephanie McDaniel

BWBR, St. Paul, announced that Stephanie McDaniel has been named president and CEO, becoming the first woman to hold these titles in the 100-year history of the company.

ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS

Fallon, Minneapolis, announced it has selected U.S. creative agency of record for Entenmann’s, a national provider of grocery store bakery product brands, including Little Bites, Minis and Donuts.

FOOD

Hormel Foods, an Austin, Minn.-based branded food company, announced that Jim Sheehan plans to retire as executive vice president and chief financial officer after 43 years with the company. Jacinth Smiley, group vice president of corporate strategy, has been named his successor.

GOVERNMENT

The Prairie Island Indian Community, a federally recognized Indian Nation located in southeastern Minnesota, announced the following new members of its Community Council (Tribal Council): Shelley Buck, Michael Childs Jr., Johnny Johnson, Valentina Mgeni and Cody Whitebear. The newly elected council will be sworn in on Dec. 5.

HEALTH CARE

HealthPartners, a Bloomington-based health insurer and operator of hospitals and clinics, announced that Dr. Mark Sannes has been named co-executive medical director of its care group.

HONORS

The national Tnemec Tank of the Year contest announced that three Minnesota decorative community water tower tanks were selected to receive awards: the Moorhead tank was selected as Tnemec’s Tank of the Year; Rochester‘s tank was People’s Choice, and Lino Lakes was No. 5 runner up. Engineers involved on the projects include Apex Engineering, WSB, Braun Intertec and KLM Engineering. Tnemec is an industrial paint and coatings company. … The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce announced that Cindy Haas, senior vice president of private banking at Gateway Bank, is the first female business leader to receive the chamber’s Legacy Award.

LAW

Fredrikson & Byron, Minneapolis, announced the re-election of Kevin P. Goodno, Sean P. Kearney and James H. Snelson to the firm’s board of directors. … Larkin Hoffman, Minneapolis, announced that Cory Behrendt has joined the firm as chief information officer. … Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis, announced that it has named 19 new partners in the firm, effective Jan.1; Minneapolis partners are Trevor Brown, Labor & Employment; Evan Everist, Trademark; Morgan Helme, Mergers & Acquisitions; Alan Iverson, Healthcare Litigation; Alex Sellke, Real Estate; Vanessa Szalapski, Healthcare Litigation; Tiana Towns, Construction & Design, and David Townsend, Technology Commerce. … St. Paul law firm HAWS-KM announced the addition of attorney Aidan Zielske, practicing in the areas of product liability defense, transportation litigation, commercial litigation, and toxic torts.

MANUFACTURING

Donaldson Co., a Bloomington-based international maker of filter systems for industry, announced that it has elected Christopher Hilger to its board of directors. Hilger is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Securian Financial Group, St. Paul. … Sleep Number Corp., a Minneapolis-based maker and retailer of specialty mattresses and beds, announced the appointment to its board of Phillip Eyler and Angel L. Mendez; Eyler is president and CEO of Gentherm, a developer of thermal management technologies; Mendez is the former executive vice president and chief operating officer of HERE Technologies. … Dalsin Industries, a Bloomington-based metal fabrication manufacturer, announced the following changes to its board of directors: Board member and Co-Chairman Mark Dalsin has retired, and Diana Dalsin and Jim Glomstad have joined the board. Diana Dalsin is community relations manager at Bridging Minnesota, a homeless advocacy and support organization; Glomstad is chief executive officer of Sportech, a maker of cab components for sport-related, agricultural and industrial vehicles.

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

Intricon Corp., an Arden Hills-based developer of miniature interventional, implantable and body-worn medical devices, announced that Ellen Scipta has stepped down as chief financial officer; Annalee Lutgen, treasurer and director of finance, will serve as interim CFO as the company conducts a search for a permanent replacement.

ORGANIZATIONS

Launch Minnesota, a St. Paul-based group focused on helping businesses find strartup funding, announced that Maddy Kennedy has been named program specialist.

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