What’s on Tap: Previewing Monday’s action

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The trade deadline had all of our attention this afternoon, but there are actual games to be played this evening. There are only a handful of games: eight in total, compared to the usual slate of 15.

The game to watch tonight is Nationals-Diamondbacks at Chase Field, starting at 9:40 PM EDT. Stephen Strasburg will toe the rubber for the Nats while Archie Bradley goes for the D-Backs.

Strasburg is in the midst of what may be a Cy Young Award-winning season. He’s 14-1 with a 2.68 ERA and a 155/36 K/BB ratio. His ERA is seventh-best in the National League, but his fiercest competition — Clayton Kershaw — is sidelined indefinitely with a back injury. Meanwhile, the other pitchers ahead of him, Johnny Cueto aside, don’t have nearly as impressive won-lost records. Madison Bumgarner is 10-6, Kyle Hendricks is 9-7, Noah Syndergaard is 9-5, and Jacob deGrom is 6-5. While wins and losses are terrible metrics with which to evaluate pitchers, they’re still used by many of those with voting privileges in the Baseball Writers Association of America. And that may be what ultimately nets Strasburg some hardware.

Bradley is not to be overlooked. While he’s sputtered to a 4.67 ERA in his first 22 major league starters, there’s a reason he was a highly touted prospect in the Diamondbacks’ system. He’s really picked things up as of late, putting up a 3.06 ERA over his last eight starts. His last time out, he held the Brewers to a lone run over seven innings. It could be an interesting one matching up against Strasburg.

The rest of Monday’s action…

Kansas City Royals (Danny Duffy) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Chris Archer), 7:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins (Jose Berrios) @ Cleveland Indians (Danny Salazar), 7:10 PM EDT

New York Yankees (CC Sabathia) @ New York Mets (Logan Verrett), 7:10 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (Adam Conley) @ Chicago Cubs (Kyle Hendricks), 8:05 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman) @ Houston Astros (Doug Fister), 8:10 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox (Eduardo Rodriguez) @ Seattle Mariners (James Paxton), 10:10 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Jimmy Nelson) @ San Diego Padres (Jarred Cosart), 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.