The Indians may get a day off before the playoffs taken away from them

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It’s raining in Detroit today. Raining so much that it could postpone this afternoon’s Tigers-Indians game. The Indians already clinched the AL Central and will start play in the ALDS next week. The Tigers, however, are a game back in the Wild Card race and will likely be playing for their playoff lives until Sunday afternoon.

Which means that today’s game may very well matter a lot for the Tigers as well as the Blue Jays and Orioles. Which means . . .

Congratulations, Indians. As a reward for the Wild Card contenders not being able to put the others behind them, you could get a day off taken away from you before the playoffs!

Which stinks, but when you think about it, it could also have some weird incentives and implications. While that Monday game would matter a lot for the Tigers and whoever is their competition for the last Wild Card, it’s a pitcher-burning annoyance for the AL Central champions. Might they be incentivized to use a crappy pitcher for it? To play it like an exhibition game or something? Might that not give the Tigers an unfair advantage and really piss off the Orioles or whoever?

I’m sure everyone will say they’re playing hard, but if the Indians go out and sign Dennis Martinez to pitch on Monday, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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 $280 million, 11-year contract Wednesday night, 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.