The San Diego Padres may be a dark horse in the race to sign free agent Xander Bogaerts, according to a report.

The Padres were interested in Jose Abreu to fill their opening at first base, but the former AL MVP signed with the Houston Astros.

A.J. Preller has checked in with Bogaerts' agent, Scott Boras, about the shortstop's willingness to play other infield positions.