Trea Turner Suitor ‘pivoting’ to Xander Bogaerts
The Padres didn’t get it right at first, but it looks like they’re eager to try again.
Another Major League Baseball superstar was withdrawn from the free agent market On Monday, when Trea Turner signed a huge 11-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Apparently, the reigning National League champions were able to to land the shortstop without being the highest bidder, as San Diego was reportedly the two-time All-Star a richer offer.
The Padres’ reported offer to Turner indicated that San Diego is willing to spend, and spend big. And according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Padres are comfortable doing it for another of the remaining carp free agents.
“With Turner off the board, the Padres are pivoting heavily in the market, with four elite players on the board: shortstop Aaron Judge and shortstops Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson and Xander Bogaerts,” Olney wrote. “As one long-time evaluator said Tuesday morning: If the Padres were willing to spend $350 million or $360 million on Turner, why wouldn’t they take a shot at Judge, Correa or Bogaerts?”
The veteran MLB insider also broke down how Bogaerts, specifically, could fit into the equation in San Diego.
“The Padres are known to have been in contact with Bogaerts, who was in contention for a batting title with the Red Sox in 2022 and had just opted out of his contract,” Olney wrote. “In the spring, Boston offered Bogaerts a one-year, $30 million extension on top of the three years and $60 million already owed to him, and it looks like Bogaerts’ market this winter will give him a contract that will do him plenty. beyond what the Red Sox were proposing. The Padres could sign the 30-year-old Bogaerts to be their shortstop for the foreseeable future, and with Tatis, Jr. on the roster, Bogaerts could change to another place in later years.
San Diego spoke with Bogaerts’ agent, Scott Boras, about the four-time All-Star can change position, an idea that the super agent shut down flatly. It’s unclear whether the Padres would be willing to sign Bogaerts only as a shortstop, but Fernando Tatís Jr. he certainly hasn’t done himself many favors lately. San Diego might be willing to move Bogaerts to shortstop and find a new position for the 23-year-old Tatís when he returns from suspension.
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