Matt Harvey came back. The results were decidedly mixed.

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Spring training is a time when healthy players work on things and a time when players coming off of injuries simply work on getting into shape. As such, it’s never a good idea to look too hard at stats or individual outings.

That said, Matt Harvey‘s return to game play after thoracic outlet surgery last summer was always going to be watched a lot more closely than most spring outings. It happened yesterday against the Cardinals. The verdict: eh.

Harvey put in 1.2 innings of work and tossed 39 pitches. His first inning was a 1-2-3 affair with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to end the inning. In the second inning things went sideways: he allowed four hits, four earned runs and one home run before leaving with two outs.

Again: results don’t matter in spring training and, obviously, a guy’s first game action since last July 4 is going to show some rust. Maybe the most notable thing was his velocity. After the game there were references to him hitting the mid-90s, but the TV gun showed him consistently around 92-93 on his fastball, which is softer than he’s used to throwing.

Coming in to spring training the Mets had no idea what to expect from Harvey this year. One start in, they probably still don’t.

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.