SS - SD
Xander Bogaerts has agreed to an 11-year, $280 million deal with the San Diego Padres.
Bogaerts ends up in San Diego after an attempt by the Padres to spend big on both Trea Turner and Aaron Judge. Bogaerts is coming off a season where he slashed .307/.377/.465 with 15 home runs. It was a down year for power, but Bogaerts is as safe as it gets from a batting average standpoint. He now joins an elite lineup in San Diego where he should see an uptick in run and RBI opportunities.
Xander Bogaerts is currently the Chicago Cubs' top priority in free agency.
The Cubs seem primed to make a splash this offseason, and Bogaerts is one of the top free agents available. The 30-year-old had another productive season in 2022, hitting .307/.377/.456 with a .363 WOBA. A move to the Cubs may potentially mean a move to 3B as well with Nico Hoerner at SS in Chicago.
Xander Bogaerts was offered a qualifying offer of one-year, $19.65 million, by the Red Sox.
Bogaerts is likely to decline the offer and look for a long-term deal. If he does decline and sign with another team, the Red Sox will receive a comp pick after the fourth round.
Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-3 with a grand slam against the Rays on Tuesday. Boston ultimately defeated Tampa Bay by a score of 6-0 after the game was nixed due to rain in the fifth inning.
Bogaerts is slashing .305/.376/.455 with 15 homers, 73 RBI, 57 walks, and 117 strikeouts this season. With the star shortstop headed for free agency and Boston expected to rest many key starters on Wednesday, it's possible that Bogaerts' final at-bat with the Red Sox resulted in a grand slam.
Xander Bogaerts (back) is batting 3rd and playing SS Tuesday.
Bogaerts had missed 2 games due to what eventually was revealed to be a back injury. Luckily, he will return to the lineup Tuesday and look to finish the season strong. He has a .305 average and 132 wRC+ in 2022.
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