The San Diego Padres are in agreement with shortstop Xander Bogaerts on a massive 11-year, $280 million contract.
MLB Network’s Jon Morosi took to Twitter on Wednesday night to reveal there are no opt-outs in this contract. There are no opt-outs in this contract and the Padres have given Bogaerts full no-trade protection as part of the deal.
Bogaerts spent nine seasons with the Boston Red Sox. He has won five Silver Slugger awards in his career. Bogaerts has made four career All-Star appearances. He won the World Series with the Red Sox in 2013 and once again in 2018.
It isn’t immediately clear where Bogaerts will play for the Padres. The four-time All-Star is a shortstop by trade and has experience playing third base, something other teams wanted him to do in 2023.
Third base is occupied by Manny Machado. Machado has an opt-out after next season. A potential move to third base in 2024 isn’t out of the question.
The Padres got fantastic play at shortstop from Ha-seong Kim in 2022. Kim took over at short following Fernando Tatis Jr.’s injuries and PED suspension.
Xander Bogaerts. Photo courtsey of The New York Post