Padres reportedly could 'pivot' to Xander Bogaerts after missing out on Trea Turner


The first of the four big-name free-agent shortstops came off the board on Monday when Trea Turner agreed to an 11-year, $300 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

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That actually wasn't the richest offer Turner got, however. According to The Athletic, the San Diego Padres made an offer that would've made Turner the highest-paid shortstop in baseball, going above the $341 million Francisco Lindor got from the Mets. Turner, however, chose Philadelphia in part because he has family ties to the area.

With Turner gone, Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson are the three big-name shortstops still on the board. And according to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Padres are "pivoting hard" and are expected to make a serious run at either one of them or Aaron Judge.

Olney adds that the Padres "are known to have been in touch with Bogaerts." San Diego could keep Bogaerts at shortstop and move Fernando Tatis Jr. to the outfield, something they have already done at times and reportedly could do full-time going forward.

Bogaerts is also reportedly a priority for the Chicago Cubs. Chaim Bloom and the Red Sox have said he remains a priority for them as well, but multiple reports have indicated that Boston has yet to make a competitive offer to keep Bogaerts with the team with whom he has spent his entire 10-year career.

If they don't do so soon, it certainly appears there will be no shortage of suitors ready to swoop in and make one instead.

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