What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday evening’s action

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Craig filled you in on Wednesday afternoon’s games, but we still have nine more games to go in the evening.

You’d think with all of the words written about the Tigers and Nationals for the first two games of their three-game set that there wouldn’t be anything left to say. The Nationals signed starter Stephen Strasburg to a seven-year, $175 million extension. Bryce Harper dropped the f-bomb at an umpire after he was ejected and his team promptly walked off on a home run. Dusty Baker said he might have to spank Harper sometimes. Anthony Gose got away with this slide.

On Wednesday night, Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann will oppose Max Scherzer of the Nationals in a series finale. It’s Zimmermann’s first start against his former club, the club that picked him in the second round of the 2007 draft. The club with which he spent parts of seven seasons in the majors, accruing a 3.32 ERA, two All-Star nominations, and Cy Young votes in two seasons.

Zimmermann became a free agent after the 2015 season and opted to sign a five-year, $110 million contract with the Tigers. It’s worked out well for both sides thus far. Zimmermann, in six starts, is 5-1 with an MLB-best 1.10 ERA and a 25/8 K/BB ratio in 41 innings.

Daniel Murphy (62 PA), Ben Revere (12), Stephen Drew (six), and Jayson Werth (five) are the only current Nationals position players who have faced Zimmermann.

By the way, the hot-hitting Nick Castellanos — .378/.405/.640, seven homers, 28 RBI — is not in the Tigers’ starting lineup. Miguel Cabrera is moving to third base for this game, making his first start at the hot corner since 2014. Victor Martinez is at first base.

The rest of Wednesday’s action…

Kansas City Royals (Yordano Ventura) @ New York Yankees (Michael Pineda), 7:05 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Chase Anderson) @ Miami Marlins (Wei-Yin Chen), 7:10 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics (Eric Surkamp) @ Boston Red Sox (Rick Porcello), 7:10 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies (Jerad Eickhoff) @ Atlanta Braves (Williams Perez), 7:10 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Juan Nicasio) @ Cincinnati Reds (Alfredo Simon), 7:10 PM EDT

St. Louis Cardinals (Jaime Garcia) @ Los Angeles Angels (Matt Shoemaker), 10:05 PM EDT

New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Kenta Maeda), 10:10 PM EDT

Bogaerts reportedly heading to the Padres for 11 years, $280 million

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres and Xander Bogaerts agreed to a blockbuster 11-year, $280 million contract, adding the All-Star slugger to an already deep lineup.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it was pending a physical.

The Padres already had Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop, but he missed the entire season because of injuries and an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

San Diego also met with Aaron Judge and Trea Turner before the big stars opted for different teams. The Padres reached the NL Championship Series this year before losing to the Phillies.

“From our standpoint, you want to explore and make sure we’re looking at every possible opportunity to get better,” general manager A.J. Preller said before the Bogaerts deal surfaced. “We’ve got a real desire to win and do it for a long time.”

The 30-year-old Bogaerts was one of the headliners in a stellar group of free-agent shortstops that also included Turner, Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson.

Bogaerts, who’s from Aruba, terminated his $120 million, six-year contract with Boston after the season. The four-time All-Star forfeited salaries of $20 million for each of the next three years after hitting .307 with 15 homers and 73 RBIs in 150 games.

Bogaerts is a .292 hitter with 156 homers and 683 RBIs in 10 big league seasons – all with Boston. He helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 and 2018.

Bogaerts becomes the latest veteran hitter to depart Boston after the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers in February 2020. Rafael Devers has one more year of arbitration eligibility before he can hit the market.

Bogaerts had his best big league season in 2019, batting .309 with a career-best 33 homers and 117 RBIs. He had 23 homers and 103 RBIs in 2018.

In 44 postseason games, Bogaerts is a .231 hitter with five homers and 16 RBIs.