Josh Donaldson: “I’m not an all-star, look at my numbers.”

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Despite having played in only 36 games this season, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is neck-and-neck with the Twins’ Miguel Sano and the Indians’ Jose Ramirez in All-Star voting. According to MLB.com’s Joe Trezza, Donaldson trails Sano by a little over 93,000 votes and Ramirez by less than 60,000.

Blue Jays play-by-play broadcaster Mike Wilner spoke to Donaldson about his All-Star candidacy and the 2015 AL MVP was candid. He said, “I’m not an All-Star, look at my numbers.”

Donaldson has hit .265/.366/.508 with eight home runs and 20 RBI in 153 plate appearances.  Comparatively, Ramirez and Sano have been to the plate twice as often. Ramirez has hit .322/.377/.557 with 12 home runs, 36 RBI, and nine stolen bases while Sano has hit .274/.375/.548 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI.

Of course, since fans are voting, this is not a meritocracy; it’s a popularity contest. If Donaldson gets a strong late push, he very well could be starting for the American League at third base in the All-Star Game.

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.