A-Rod is out of the lineup once again

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Yesterday, when asked about why Alex Rodriguez was not in the Yankees lineup, manager Joe Girardi said that it was because “we’re trying to win games.”

With that in mind, I give you the Yankees lineup for tonight’s game against the Boston Red Sox:

1. Brett Gardner LF
2. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
3. Chase Headley 3B
4. Mark Teixeira 1B
5. Starlin Castro 2B
6. Didi Gregorius SS
7. Gary Sanchez DH
8. Austin Romine C
9. Aaron Hicks RF

Alex Rodriguez is hitting .204/.252/.356. That’s not good, but it’s better than Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks and it’s more or less the same as Austin Romine. Mark Teixeira is hitting .196 and he’s in the cleanup spot for crying out loud.

I’m not suggesting that Alex Rodriguez is capable of great things anymore, but please Joe Girardi, spare us the stuff about “trying to win games” when you’ve got nothing better to work with than this. Give the fans something they’d actually enjoy seeing: an all-time great playing baseball, even if he’s not great anymore.

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.