SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres and Xander Bogaerts consented to a blockbuster $280 million, 11-year contract Wednesday night, adding the Top pick slugger to a generally profound setup.
An individual acquainted with the talks affirmed the agreement to The Related Press on a state of obscurity since it was forthcoming a physical.
The Padres previously had Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop, however, he missed the whole season due to wounds and an 80-game suspension for testing positive for an exhibition upgrading drug.
San Diego additionally met with Aaron Judge and Trea Turner before the large stars settled on various groups. The Padres arrived at the NL Title Series this prior year losing to the Phillies.
“From our angle, you need to investigate and ensure we’re taking a gander consistently to improve,” senior supervisor A.J. Preller said before the Bogaerts bargain surfaced. “We want to win and do it for quite a while.”
The 30-year-old Bogaerts was one of the main events in a heavenly gathering of free-specialist shortstops that likewise included Turner, Carlos Correa, and Dansby Swanson.
Bogaerts, who’s from Aruba, ended his $120 million, six-year contract with Boston after the season. The four-time Top pick relinquished compensations of $20 million for every one of the following three years subsequent to hitting .307 with 15 homers and 73 RBIs in 150 games.
Bogaerts is a .292 hitter with 156 homers and 683 RBIs in 10 major association seasons — all with Boston. He assisted the Red Sox in winning the Worldwide championship in 2013 and 2018.
Bogaerts turns into the furthest down-the-line veteran hitter to leave Boston after the Red Sox exchanged Mookie Betts with the Los Angeles Dodgers in February 2020. Rafael Devers has another extended time of intervention qualification before he can raise a ruckus around town.
Bogaerts had his best major association season in 2019, batting .309 with a vocation-best 33 homers and 117 RBIs. He had 23 homers and 103 RBIs in 2018.
In 44 postseason games, Bogaerts is a .231 hitter with five homers and 16 RBIs.