Like most Boston Red Sox fans, I woke up to a gut punch Thursday morning to see that beloved Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts had been signed to an 11-year, $280 million contract by the San Diego Padres.

Bogaerts can join former teammate Mookie Betts on the West Coast as cornerstone talents shown the door by the Red Sox — an organization that practically prints its own money, yet now spends like a bargain-bin value shopper at Marden’s — since Chaim Bloom took over as the head of baseball operations after the 2019 season.

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And that is not a dig. I love Marden’s. You know why? I don’t have billions of dollars to spend. The Red Sox, however, have no business shopping at Marden’s, ever.

What is more amazing to me is the groundswell of people not outraged by this, but instead in support of it because there are too many years on the deal.

This is baseball everyone. Not business. Are we rooting for businesses or sports teams here?

Look, the Portland Sea Dogs — the AA affiliate of the Red Sox — recently won the Bob Freitas Award from Baseball America. It  basically is an award for the best-run minor league AA team.

That is, unquestionably, a prestigious honor. But as fans, does that matter?

Do we, as fans, get any extra added rush of adrenaline when our sports executives make especially shrewd business decisions?

Would the average Sea Dog fan trade that honor for an Eastern League championship? I’ll spare you the suspense. They would.

The going rate and market for star players is completely different than it was even 10 years ago. Players will sign for big money and long contracts, wherever they can find it.

And teams are out there waiting to be found, checkbook in hand. Or Apple Pay. Or Venmo, or however the money changes hands these days.

Many star players now have contracts that span just north or south of a decade in length, including Aaron Judge ($360 million through 2031 by the New York Yankees), Bryce Harper ($330 million through 2031 by the Philadelphia Phillies), Mike Trout ($426 million through 2030 by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Betts ($365 million through 2032 by the Los Angeles Dodgers), Corey Seager ($325 million through 2031 by the Texas Rangers), Gerrit Cole ($324 million through 2028 by the Yankees), Manny Machado ($300 million through 2028 by the Padres), Trea Turner ($300 million through 2033 by the Phillies) and Anthony Rendon ($245 million through 2026 by the Angels) just to name a few.

These contracts are no longer an anomaly. It is the going rate for superstar baseball players. And the Red Sox, frankly, know that. They cannot not know that. If they do not know that, a bunch of people should be fired.

The Red Sox’s final offer to Bogaerts, reportedly, was $162 million for six years. An average of $27 million per year. A more than fair offer, but significantly below market value, especially if you look at the deals signed by Seager and Turner, who play the same position as Bogaerts.

And only $20 million more than they just paid Trevor Story, who conveniently will slide over into Bogaerts’ position at shortstop next spring.

That also is, in essence, the same amount of money the Red Sox paid Manny Ramirez when they signed him away from Cleveland with an eight-year contract (he was traded to the Dodgers in the final year of that deal). And before the Red Sox ripped off four World Series titles in a 14-year span and before Fenway Sports Group was formed.

That is 2001 money. By comparison, gas then was $1.46 a gallon.

The Red Sox spin machine will, of course, go into full cycle saying he did not want to be here by saying no to that deal, but they just spent nearly the equivalent of what they offered Bogaerts Wednesday on Kenley Jansen (2 years, $32 million) and Masataka Yoshida (5 years, 90 million).

A 35-year-old closer with a heart ailment on the tail end of his career and a 29-year-old outfielder who does not have a major league at-bat to his credit. We would rather have those two guys than an established, home-grown player like Bogaerts? Really?

Either the Red Sox do not understand that the market for star players is completely different now (which I doubt), or it is strictly hubris as the longstanding tradition in Boston is that homegrown players should take a discount for the betterment of the team and the honor of playing 81 home games a year at historic Fenway Park.

Why? So the Red Sox can pocket more of that money, not invest it into making the product on the field better and continue to raise ticket prices?

I am not mad at Bogaerts for leaving. He saw the writing on the wall, saved as much face as he could and headed west.

I am mad at the Red Sox for again fouling up negotiations with one of the league’s best players.

Bogaerts was lowballed in spring training, did not want to negotiate during the regular season and was lowballed again before, ultimately, signing with another team.

Sound familiar? It should.

Betts also was lowballed by the Red Sox — and then countered — only to have the Red Sox not even bother to continue negotiations and trade him to the Dodgers basically straight up for Alex Verdugo. The Dodgers could not negotiate his extension fast enough.

To be fair to the Red Sox, knowing what we know now, even if Betts had not been traded, that second lowball offer was coming anyway.

Why do the Red Sox refuse to value their own players the same way other franchises do?

It is a slap in the face to the farm system that uses valuable time and resources grooming these guys. If these players are worth the time to help grow, nurture and cultivate, why are they not worth spending significant money on when the time comes to pony up?

Betts is gone. Bogaerts is gone. And do not worry, Rafael Devers is not far behind him.

He has seen the way this has played out with current ownership with two of his closest friends twice in three years. Why would he stay now?

Even if they manage to give him an offer he would consider, how does he not take a look around and see the writing on the wall?

I see it. We all see it.

The Red Sox’s ambivalence to losing these not just good players, not just great players — but superstar players — has turned me off as a fan. And when I am turned off, I tune out.

The Red Sox are taking a long, winding road to the bottom third of the league. And we are all along for the ride.