Video: Mike Trout knows how to slide

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Mike Trout hits better than just about everyone, plays a wicked center field, steals a bunch of bases and is in the lineup nearly every dang day. But that’s not all he can do. The dude can slide a little bit.

Yesterday against the Blue Jays Trout hit the ball to right field. It was a borderline call for Trout to try to take two, but he started chugging for two. Jose Bautista fielded the ball perfectly and fired to second base. Almost every single player in the game would’ve been dead to rights stretching for that double, but Trout’s super hard running between first and second made it close and his absolute perfect slide made him safe.

A more impressive slide came later in the game when Trout stood on second base as Albert Pujols singled. Trout was waved home and, once again, Bautista came up firing. Once again his throw was on the money and would’ve nailed almost any runner in baseball. Once again, Trout slid perfectly, this time using a little slight-of-hand to beat the tag.

Watch both:

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I’m beginning to think that this Trout kid can play a little ball.

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.