J.A. Happ doesn’t understand Canada’s bagged milk system

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Starter J.A. Happ is no stranger to Canada. He spent 2013 with the Blue Jays and part of ’14 as well before he was traded to the Mariners in exchange for outfielder Michael Saunders. He re-upped with the Jays on a three-year, $36 million contract this past November.

But there are still some things about Canada that Happ doesn’t get. Like its bagged milk system, as Sportsnet’s Kristina Rutherford found out in an interview. I’ve added last names to denote who said what.

Rutherford: Is there anything you’re still not used to in Canada?

Happ: I think I’ve gotten used to most of the stuff. Grocery shopping is a little different. I still don’t understand the bagged milk situation here.

Rutherford: What?

Happ: You guys sell milk in bags and I don’t really get why, or what you do then with the bags. Other than that it seems like Canada’s doing a pretty good job. [Laughs.] But I don’t get the milk. Put it in a gallon jug so you don’t have the sloppy, messy bag.

Rutherford: You know you put the bag in a milk jug, right?

Happ: Where’s the jug? Do you have to buy the jug separately? Why are they not in the jug already?

Rutherford: Oh my gosh. You have to ask someone at the grocery store for help.

Happ: Why do I have to ask? I should just grab it from the counter and it should be ready for me to drink.

Rutherford: There’s an assumption that you know to put the bag in a milk jug and cut it open.

Happ: [Laughs]. They can’t assume that. I’ve never bought it because I see this bag of milk and I’m like I don’t get what I can do with this thing.

Readers responded to Rutherford’s interview on Twitter. She explained to one reader that Happ talking about bagged milk was “the most fired up he got in 20 minutes of conversation.”

Happ may not understand bagged milk, but he understands pitching at least. The lefty has been solid over 18 starts, putting up a 3.36 ERA with an 89/32 K/BB ratio in 112 1/3 innings for the Jays.

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.