The San Diego Padres have come to an agreement with Xander Bogaerts, one of the best shortstops on the free agency market, on an 11-year $280MM deal. He had spent his previous 10 years with the Boston Red Sox. 

The deal will run through Bogaerts’ age 40-season. The Padres are no stranger to signing big contracts as they inked Manny Machado to a 10-year $300MM deal in 2019 and will likely extend Juan Soto for a deal north of $300MM before his free agency. They’ve also given Fernando Tatis Jr. a 14-year $340 million dollar extension. The Padres payroll is now above $250 million. 

With Bogaerts now on board in San Diego, they will have an interesting decision to make. The face of their franchise Fernando Tatis Jr. has played shortstop his entire career. Now he or Boagerts will likely move to the outfield as the Padres have all-stars at both second and third base. Bogaerts has graded out as an inferior defensive shortstop. 

The Padres are clearly going all-in. Their aggressiveness in dealing for Soto last trade deadline along with this singing of Bogaerts is a signal that the franchise wants to win now. They nearly came close last season before falling to the Phillies in the NLCS. Is Bogaerts the guy to push them over the top?