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The Score
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 8:30 am ET - The Score
The Boston Red Sox reached an agreement on a five-year, $90-million contract with star Japanese outfielder Masataka Yoshida, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.The Red Sox will also pay a $15.4-million posting fee to Yoshida's Nippon Professional Baseball club, the Orix Buffaloes, bringing the contract's total value to $105.4 million. His deal does not contain any opt-outs or option years, according to the Boston Globe's Alex Speier.The contract is the second-biggest free-agent deal for a Japanese player, topped only by Masahiro Tanaka's $155-million deal with the New York Yankees in 2014, according to ESPN Stats & Info.Yoshida agreed to join the Red Sox less than 24 hours after the Buffaloes officially posted him on Wednesday. He had a 45-day window to negotiate with all 30 teams after being posted.Yoshida, 29, brings a stellar NPB resume to the majors. The sweet-swinging lefty is a lifetime .327/.421/.539 hitter with 133 homers and 467 RBIs over seven seasons with Orix, and he won two batting titles and four Pacific League Best Nine awards in the outfield. An on-base machine, he's never posted an OBP below .403 while only once striking out more than 70 times. "I think first and foremost when you look at a player like him, the quality of the at-bat stands out and that can come from either side of the plate," Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne. On new #RedSox outfielder Masataka Yoshida, Team Japan manager Hideki Kuriyama told me, He has a talent to hit . . . He could hit for distance. He can hit for contact. He can adjust. He has a smaller build but the ability and talent to do anything. @MLBNetwork @MLB Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 7, 2022 In 2022, Yoshida posted a career-best and PL-leading 1.008 OPS with 21 homers, 88 RBIs, 80 strikeouts, and 41 walks in 508 plate appearances. He also led his league in OBP (.447) while finishing second in both average and slugging and third in hits.Yoshida then propelled the Buffaloes to their first Japan Series (Japan's World Series equivalent) title since 1996 with an amazing playoff run that included a walk-off homer in Game 5 of the series against the Yakult Swallows. Enjoy this video of Masataka Yoshida murdering a moonshot walk-off tank in the 2022 Nippon Series.(via Matsui/YouTube) pic.twitter.com/BX9HG63bqg Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) December 7, 2022 Yoshida will likely slot in at left field for Boston, his primary position in Japan. His presence could allow the team to shift Alex Verdugo to right field while keeping Enrique Hernandez in center.The Red Sox have been busy on the final day of baseball's winter meetings. In addition to adding Yoshida, they reportedly agreed to a two-year, $32-million deal with former All-Star closer Kenley Jansen.Copyright © 2022 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Bleacher Report
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 8:15 am ET - Bleacher Report
Major League Baseball's offseason spending spree continued deep into the night on Wednesday with the San Diego Padres landing All-Star shortstop Xander...

Bleacher Report
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 8:15 am ET - Bleacher Report
To anyone complaining about the slow-moving nature of the MLB offseason prior to this week, how was that for a winter meetings frenzy? Several of the biggest...

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Bleacher Report
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 7:30 am ET - Bleacher Report
The Boston Red Sox reportedly were not willing to give shortstop Xander Bogaerts anywhere near the contract that the San Diego Padres were this offseason....

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Bleacher Report
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 7:30 am ET - Bleacher Report
Nobody can accuse the San Diego Padres of not going after a World Series title. The National League West team made a major splash in free agency Wednesday...

ESPN
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 7:30 am ET - ESPN
It was a wild week in San Diego. Here's what stood out most, for better or worse.

ESPN
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 7:30 am ET - ESPN
Whether it's a nine-figure free agent deal or a blockbuster trade, our experts are ready to weigh in.

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Yahoo Sports
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 7:15 am ET - Yahoo Sports
The Dodgers don't appear willing to spend big on free agents this offseason. It might be part of their plan to try to sign Shohei Ohtani after next season.

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ESPN
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 7:15 am ET - ESPN
Re-signing their MVP was big, but N.Y. has the same roster it lost with in October. What can it do to catch Houston as the AL's best?

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ESPN
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 7:00 am ET - ESPN
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts is headed to San Diego on an 11-year, $280 million contract, sources confirmed to ESPN, adding another big name to a team already laden with star talent.

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Yahoo Sports
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 6:30 am ET - Yahoo Sports
The Padres sent shock waves through the baseball world with their latest massive cash commitment: 11 years and $280 million for Xander Bogaerts.

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TheRotoFeed
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 6:15 am ET - TheRotoFeed
The Padres closed out the Winter Meetings with a stunner, reportedly agreeing to an 11-year, $280MM contract with Xander Bogaerts. The deal does not contain any options or opt-out provisions, although it does include a full no-trade clause. Bogaerts is represented by the Boras Corporation. Bogaerts had spent his whole career in Boston, originally joining…

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TheRotoFeed
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 6:15 am ET - TheRotoFeed
Aaron Judge grew up in San Francisco. He told associates of mine at the Winter Meetings that he can still remember which Walgreen's he was in when he witnessed his first shoplifting. He wistfully remembered, "I was by the breath mints, and this man carried out six boxes of Wheat Thins." Fond memories for Judge that are going to hard to replicate when he signs a 1-year deal with the Giants in ten years. As we all assumed, Aaron Judge re-signed with the Yankees through his age-39 season. Luckily, Razzball has a time machine at its disposal, and I went forward nine years to take a quick pic of Aaron Judge when he's in that final year. Here it is: So, Aaron Judge on the Yankees is more of the same. *claps hands, all done* No? Okay. Not sure how many people heard this, but it was reported the other day that MLB used three different baseballs last year. One of those balls was more batter-friendly. It was found only at the All-Star Game, Home Run Derby, postseason and Yankees games. This sounds like a joke, but the jokes ended with the guy walking out with Wheat Thins. I'm being serious now. Yo, jai alai called, it wants its "this sport is a joke" moniker back. MLB embraces gambling and institutes cheating by way of different balls. It truly is incredible. Last year, Aaron Judge went 62/16/.311, guys and five girl readers, and that is the best line of all-time. 40/40 is nice; 50/10 is butter; 60/5 is nomnomnom, get in my belly; 62/12? I mean, c'mon. Seriously, c'mon. C'mon, c'mon! C'mon, c'mon, c'mon! It's ludicrous. It's mind boggling. Thesaurus, give me another synonym! It's BREATHTAKING!!! He always had power -- he's a freakin' giant, of course he has power! -- but he's never hit .300 or stole more than six bags in a season before. Also, being a certified giant (and not a Giant, as was rumored), he's prone to injuries. That year of 62/12 wasn't just a career year, it was the career year of career years. How'sever, if he goes 40/10/.280, it's still very doable and a great. For 2023, I'll give Aaron Judge projections of 109/41/102/.283/10 in 548 ABs. Anyway, here's what else I saw this offseason for 2023 fantasy baseball:

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MLB.com
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 3:00 am ET - MLB.com

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Sports Illustrated
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 2:30 am ET - Sports Illustrated
After a decade in Boston, the 30-year-old shortstop accepted a reported 11-year, $280 million deal with San Diego.

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Yahoo Sports
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 2:30 am ET - Yahoo Sports
Amid heavy MLB spending this week, the Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman explained why the club didn't make a splashy signing.

MLB.com
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 1:45 am ET - MLB.com

ESPN
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 1:45 am ET - ESPN
From predicting who will sign where -- and when -- to the latest buzz from San Diego, we've got you covered as baseball's hot stove season heats up.

TheRotoFeed
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 1:30 am ET - TheRotoFeed
Mike Kurland joins the pod to touch on all the recent transactions The post Surface May Be Hot w/ Mike Kurland appeared first on Pitcher List.

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The Score
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 1:30 am ET - The Score
The San Diego Padres finally got their man.San Diego has agreed to an 11-year, $275-million contract with four-time All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.Bogaerts receives a full no-trade clause as part of the contract, a source told Jon Morosi of MLB.com. It also contains no opt-out clauses.The 11-year contract is the longest ever given to a player aged 30 or older, according to ESPN Stats & Info.The Boston Red Sox, Bogaerts' team for the last decade, were hoping to keep the 30-year-old at Fenway Park after he opted out of his previous contract in October. However, their final offer was not close to matching that of San Diego, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.Bogaerts wanted to give the Red Sox a final chance to improve their proposal, but the gap between the bids was so large he felt like he had to take San Diego's offer, a source told Abraham. Bogaerts was at the Celtics-Suns game in Phoenix when the agreement was made.Red Sox offer, when factoring in deferrals, was worth considerably less than what the Padres presented.When the final numbers were presented to him, there was not much choice. Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) December 8, 2022 Bogaerts adds even more power to a dangerous Padres lineup that also includes Manny Machado, Juan Soto, and - once he returns from his suspension - Fernando Tatis Jr.San Diego, which already has two other shortstops in Tatis and Ha-Seong Kim, will have to move some pieces around the diamond to make room for Bogaerts, who's played all but 53 of his 1,264 big-league games at shortstop. With Bogaerts in the fold, Tatis will likely move to an outfield spot, Kim can shift to second base, and Jake Cronenworth can man first.The Padres lured Bogaerts west after spending the last few weeks chasing many of the free-agent superstars in this winter's market. They were turned down by Trea Turner, who signed a $300-million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, and also met with Aaron Judge before he re-signed with the New York Yankees.The Padres get one of baseball's best offensive shortstops in Bogaerts, who's a lifetime .292/.356/.457 hitter with 1,410 hits, 156 home runs, and 683 RBIs across 10 big-league seasons. He slashed .307/.377/.456 with 15 homers, 73 RBIs, and eight stolen bases over 150 games this past season.The Aruba native leaves Boston as one of the best shortstops in Red Sox history. Over his decade in Beantown, Bogaerts helped lead the team to five playoff berths and two World Series titles, and he's one of only four players to win at least five Silver Sluggers with the franchise.The Phillies, Minnesota Twins, and Chicago Cubs were among the other teams chasing Bogaerts this offseason.Copyright © 2022 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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