Diamondbacks name Ron Gardenhire bench coach

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have made a bunch of coaching announcements: Ron Gardenhire is the new bench coach, Tony Perezchica is the third base coach, Mike Fetters is the bullpen coach and Robby Hammock is the quality control coach. All will serve under new manager Torey Lovullo.

Gardenhire was, of course, the Twins manager for 13 seasons. He recently served in a front office assistant role with the club. I suspect that certain dictionaries have a photo of him next to the entry for “bench coach.” It’s the role he was born to play. I predict a Don Zimmer-like third act to his baseball career. They’re going to be selling bobbleheads or Garden(hire) Gnomes in his likeness one day.

Perezchica has served in various roles in the Dbacks’ organization for 15 years. Hammock has managed up and down the Dbacks organization in which he, likewise, has served for years and years. Fetters used to have Hammock’s new job as quality control coach, so he shuffles down to the pen.

Meanwhile, Tony La Russa just had his desk moved to a far corner of the basement and has misplaced his red stapler.




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.