Sunday, February 5, 2023

Associated Press source: Padres sign Bogarts to 11-year deal

SAN DIEGO ( Associated Press) — The San Diego Padres and Xander Bogarts agreed to a massive $280 million, 11-year contract on Wednesday night, adding the All-Star to an already stellar roster.

A person familiar with the talks confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity pending medical review.

The Padres already had Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop, but the Dominican missed the entire season due to injuries and an 80-game suspension for a performance-enhancing drug positive.

San Diego also met with Aaron Judge and Trey Turner before the coveted players chose other teams. The Padres reached the National League Championship Series this year before losing to the Phillies.

“From our perspective, you want to explore and make sure you look for any potential opportunities for improvement,” said CEO AJ Preller before the Bogarts deal was revealed. “We have a real desire to win and to win for a long time.”

Aruban Turner, 30, was one of a select group of shortstops available as free agents, along with Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson.

Bogarts ended his $120 million, six-year contract with Boston this season. The four-time All-Star signed a $20 million salary for each of the next three years after finishing the season .307 with 15 home runs and 73 RBI in 150 games.

With the departure of Bogaerts, Boston lost another veteran slugger after Mookie Betts was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in February 2020. Rafael Devers has one more year before he goes on the market.

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Blum reported from Qatar.

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