The Dodgers have a potential hole at shortstop, and seemingly every day, another option comes off the table. First, Trea Turner signed with Phillies. Then reports came down that L.A. wouldn’t pursue Carlos Correa. And now, on Wednesday night, Jon Heyman is reporting that another one of the Big Four is off the market.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts and the San Diego Padres are in agreement on an 11-year, $280 million contract, a source familiar with the deal tells ESPN. A monster contract and the Padres, after missing Trea Turner and Aaron Judge, get the longtime Red Sox shortstop.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 8, 2022
That’s 11 years each for Turner and Bogaerts, which certainly influence the market for Correa and Dansby Swanson. It also means the Padres now have three shortstops on contracts of $280 million or more, with shortstop Manny Machado at third base and shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. likely shifting to the outfield next year. They also have Ha-Seong Kim, their 2022 shortstop, who was very good defensively and solid on offense.
The Dodgers never seemed to be very “in” on Bogaerts, although there had been some rumblings. Most recently, it seemed that momentum was gaining for Bogaerts to return to Boston, but the Padres stepped up after being rebuffed by both Turner and Aaron Judge.
Bogaerts batted .307 with an ,833 OPS in 2022, and he also posted one of his best defensive seasons at shortstop. At 30 years old, he’s the oldest of the Big Four, but he’s been an outstanding hitter since coming into his own in 2018.
Along with Tatis, Machado, and Juan Soto, San Diego will be an offensive force in 2023 after advancing to the NLCS in 2022 for the third time in franchise history and the first time since 1998. Credit to the Padres for going for it.
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