MLB rumours: Eric Hosmer traded to Red Sox after rejecting Nationals transfer as part of Soto deal | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors
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San Diego Padres general manager AJ Preller is still busy making trades as he found a home for Eric Hosmer on Tuesday.
By Jeff Sander of the San Diego Union-Tribunethe Boston Red Sox will acquire the 32-year-old first baseman.
By MLB.com Marc FeinsandHosmer invoked his no-trade clause to reject a deal that would have sent him to the Washington Nationals as part of the Padres’ package to acquire Juan Soto and Josh Bell.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided details on the Soto-Bell swap:
Jim Bowden of CBS Sports noted that Washington’s deal with San Diego was not contingent on Hosmer’s approval.
After the Padres acquired Adam Frazier from the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, rumors about Hosmer’s future with the organization began to swirl.
Ken Rosenthal and Dennis Lin of The Athletic reported at the time that “his name has surfaced in recent trade discussions”.
But the Padres kept Hosmer and traded Frazier to the Seattle Mariners on Nov. 27.
There were a number of reasons the Padres traded the four-time Gold Glove Award winner. He was never a consistent hitter, especially in the power department. He class 22nd of 26 first basemen in slugging percentage (.395) and 23rd in FanGraphs wins over substitution (0.6) in 2021.
In 2022, Hosmer ranks 21st of 26 first basemen in WAR (0.4) and 24th in slugging percentage (.391).
There was pre-season speculation that the New York Padres and Mets were in the midst of discussing a deal involving Hosmer.
By SNY Andy Martino, the Padres were going to send Hosmer, Chris Paddack and Emilio Pagan to the Mets for Dominic Smith. San Diego would also send $25–30 million to the Mets to cover a portion of Hosmer’s remaining salary.
The deal never materialized and Martino noted that the Mets did not want to go all the way.
After a quick start, Hosmer is hitting .272/.336/.391 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs in 90 games.
He was expected to be a key part of rebuilding San Diego when he signed an eight-year, $144 million contract with the team as a free agent in February 2018. He will be Craft $20 million in 2022 and $13 million per year from 2023 to 2025. The pact also includes an opt-out after the 2022 campaign.
The Red Sox seemed to indicate with their trade Monday that they were sellers in the interest of looking to 2023 and beyond. Christian Vazquez and Jake Diekman were traded and Boston acquired Tommy Pham, Reese McGuire, Enmanuel Valdez and Wilyer Abreu.
Hosmer certainly won’t be a long-term option for Boston, but he will have the opportunity to rebuild his value with one of MLB’s star teams.