Blue Jays sign Chris Coghlan to minor league deal

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The Blue Jays signed free agent Chris Coghlan to a minor league deal, the team announced on Saturday. The veteran infielder/outfielder will accept an assignment to Triple-A Buffalo to begin the season. He signed a minor league deal with the Phillies in February, but was released after taking issue with the team’s 45-day advance consent form.

Coghlan, 31, split his 2016 season between the Athletics and Cubs. He struggled in the first half of the year, batting .146/.215/.272 through 172 PA in Oakland, but rebounded in Chicago down the stretch, putting up a .252/.391/.388 batting line and contributing one hit during the Cubs’ postseason run.

Following the outfielder’s down year and a mediocre showing in camp, however, it seems unlikely that the Blue Jays have a starting role in mind for Coghlan. Still, he’s just two years removed from a 3.3 fWAR performance with the 2015 Cubs and has shown some versatility in both the infield and outfield, so a call-up to the majors doesn’t seem to be out of the question this season.

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.