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“Several executives” think that Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts will sign with the Chicago Cubs after he opts out of his contract this offseason.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (subscription required), “several executives” believe that the Chicago Cubs are the favorites to sign Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts this offseason.

Bogaerts, 29, can opt-out of the rest of his contract, which would be for three years and $60 million-plus a $20 million vesting option for 2026.

Rumors: The Chicago Cubs could sign Xander Bogaerts after this season

Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has been one of the best and most underrated shortstops in all of baseball. He’s only making $20 million and some other comparable shortstops are making $35 million. That’s why he is likely to opt-out of his contract and, according to “several executives,” he is likely to sign with the Chicago Cubs.

This season, the Cubs have had Nico Hoerner as their primary shortstop but Boagerts is better to him overall and Hoerner can play multiple positions. In 2021, for example, he played second (primarily), shortstop, third base, left field, and center field.

In 65 games in 2022, Hoerner has hit .310/.349/.425 with an OPS+ of 116. Bogaerts has hit .318/.391/.456 with an OPS+ of 135 in 76 games.

Bogaerts has received American League MVP votes in each of the last four seasons, been a three-time All-Star, and four-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

For the Cubs to sign him, they will likely have to give him a deal that is at least five years in length and probably around $30 million per season.

As Bob Nightengale noted, Cubs President Jed Hoyer was one of the top executives in the Red Sox front office when the Red Sox signed Bogaerts as an international free agent in 2009 so he is very familiar with him on a personal level, which could also help their chances of signing him.

The Cubs could also afford to sign Bogaerts as their payroll is about $58 million, or 28 percent, lower than it was in 2019 (last year with a normal regular season).

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I deliberately got pregnant at a certain time so my baby would have the right star sign – I would hate to have Libra

IT’S not unusual to look to the stars when it comes to relationships or friendships, but some mums are taking it one step further.

Several parents are reportedly planning the conception so that nine months later their child will be born in the right month to get the desired star sign.

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There’s multiple threads in Reddit dedicated to the trend.

“Has anyone tried planning their future children’s zodiac based on you and your s/o zodiac?” the Reddit question begins.

“My husband thinks I’m crazy for wanting to plan our next child according to signs so that when we do have another child we can all be compatible.”

Dozens weighed in, including one person who said: “Dad is a Gemini, mum is an Aquarius, and they planned me as a Gemini and I was born in the dead centre of Gemini.

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“I think it’s a great idea! My parents and I had an incredible relationship.”

Another added: “I like the idea of adding a Libra. I have had three best friends that have been Libras so I thought maybe that could work!”

According to Vice, belief in zodiac signs is prevalent among multiple aspiring parents in America who plan when they want to conceive their child.

However, it doesn’t always go to plan.

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The US outlet spoke to several parents who had their babies slightly too early or too late to fulfil their wishes of having the perfect zodiac sign.

Mackenzie Warren, from the US state of North Carolina, was hoping for a Scorpio child but her daughter ended up being Libra.

The couple tried again but deliberately delayed it hoping to avoid a Pisces. The second time it worked, as they ended up in Aquarius.

Parents are timing their pregnancies to coincide with desirable zodiac sign birth months – and it’s a phenomenon that stretches back years.

Several parents are reportedly planning the conception so that nine months later their child will be born in the right month.

There’s multiple threads in Reddit dedicated to the trend.

“Has anyone tried planning their future children’s zodiac based on you and your s/o zodiac?” the Reddit question begins.

“My husband thinks I’m crazy for wanting to plan our next child according to signs so that when we do have another child we can all be compatible.”

Dozens weighed in, including one person who said: “Dad is a Gemini, mum is an Aquarius, and they planned me as a Gemini and I was born in the dead centre of Gemini.

“I think it’s a great idea! My parents and I had an incredible relationship.”

Another added: “I like the idea of adding a Libra. I have had three best friends that have been Libras so I thought maybe that could work!”

Parents are timing their pregnancies to coincide with desirable zodiac sign birth months.

Parents are timing their pregnancies to coincide with desirable zodiac sign birth months.

According to Vice, belief in zodiac signs is prevalent among multiple aspiring parents in America who plan when they want to conceive their child.

However, it doesn’t always go to plan.

The US outlet spoke to several parents who had their babies slightly too early or too late to fulfil their wishes of having the perfect zodiac sign.

Mackenzie Warren, from the US state of North Carolina, was hoping for a Scorpio child but her daughter ended up being Libra.

The couple tried again but deliberately delayed it hoping to avoid a Pisces. The second time it worked, as they ended up in Aquarius.

Then there’s Kimberly Miller, from LA, who told the publication that she really didn’t want a Virgo child because that had been her mother’s zodiac, who was quite uptight.

Accordingly, when her due date approached, she tried all kinds of things to kick the process along as the Virgo months neared.

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Her daughter, now a teenager, is reportedly very laid-back despite being a Virgo.

This story was originally published on News.com.au and has been republished here with permission.

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