What’s on Tap: Previewing Monday’s action

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James Shields made his White Sox debut last Wednesday and it was a nightmare. The right-hander was taken for seven runs on eight hits and a pair of walks with two strikeouts in two-plus innings. Three of those eight hits were home runs.

The White Sox acquired Shields on June 4 from the Padres in exchange for Erik Johnson and Fernando Tatis, Jr., attempting to bolster a rotation that was lacking in depth. The veteran Shields has been mighty reliable and occasionally elite over his career, but he finished with a 3.91 ERA last year starting half his games in the spacious Petco Park and left the Padres with a 4.28 ERA, so perhaps the 34-year-old’s best days are behind him.

Shields is currently close (19.7%) to posting his worst strikeout rate (19.2%) in the last six seasons, and his current 9.7 walk rate would be the worst of his career if the season were to end today. He is barely averaging 90 MPH on his fastball and his current average velocity (90.1 MPH) is also nearly the worst of his career. ERA retrodictors like FIP (4.96) and xFIP (4.24) illustrate his performance thus far as potentially the worst of his career.

Shields will attempt to right his ship with a home start against the Tigers, opposing Matt Boyd at 8:10 PM EDT.

The rest of Monday’s action…

Chicago Cubs (Kyle Hendricks) @ Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer), 7:05 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies (Jerad Eickhoff) @ Toronto Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey), 7:07 PM EDT

Cincinnati Reds (Daniel Wright) @ Atlanta Braves (Aaron Blair), 7:10 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Carlos Carrasco) @ Kansas City Royals (Edinson Volquez), 8:15 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers (Mike Bolsinger) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Zack Greinke), 9:40 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins (Ricky Nolasco) @ Los Angeles Angels (Jered Weaver), 10:05 PM EDT

Texas Rangers (Cesar Ramos) @ Oakland Athletics (Sean Manaea), 10:05 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (Wei-Yin Chen) @ San Diego Padres (Colin Rea), 10:10 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Chase Anderson) @ San Francisco Giants (Matt Cain), 10:15 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.