For the San Diego Padres, the third time is the charm. They were able to get former Boston Red Sox standout Xander Bogaerts after passing up top free agents Aaron Judge and Trea Turner.
The agreement, which would distribute $280 million over 11 seasons in San Diego, stretches for more than a decade, claims MLB insider Jeff Passan.
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
This season, the Padres once again failed to live up to expectations. They weren’t going to rest on their laurels after swinging hard for Juan Soto only a few months prior because other top players were still up for grabs.
The contract is undoubtedly substantial in terms of both its dollar value and length in years. Up to the ripe old age of 41, the Padres will be responsible for paying Xander Bogaerts a significant sum of money.
It is obvious that the team making the trade wanted to win as soon as possible. The obvious objective is to win one or more World Series championships to lessen the financial damage that may arise if Bogaerts reaches the end of his career.
The Padres are extremely loaded with dangerous hitters up and down the lineup only looking ahead to the upcoming season. With the squad healthy, clicking, and accessible, it’s difficult to imagine a scarier offensive, especially with Bogaerts joining Soto, Manny Machado, and Fernando Tatis Jr. once he returns with a strong roster of quality behind them.
With Juan Soto, who is up for a sizable new contract next, the team still faces significant uncertainty. The Padres, though, are currently well-stocked for the upcoming season.