Red Sox Acquire Eric Hosmer

5:21pm: The two groups introduced the commerce. Alex Speier of the Boston Globe studies that the Padres are paying a whopping $44MM to the Red Sox, lowering Boston’s dedication to Hosmer to the league minimal.

4:02pm: Boston is buying prospects Corey Rosier and Max FergusonCotillo studies.

3:59pm: There are a number of gamers concerned within the deal, tweets Chris Cotillo of MassLive. Robert Murray of FanSided studies (on Twitter) that Boston is sending a pitching prospect Jay Groome to San Diego.

1:29pm: In a fast flip of occasions, the Padres have agreed to a commerce sending first baseman Eric Hosmer to the Red Sox, studies Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune (Twitter hyperlink). Hosmer beforehand exercised his partial no-trade clause to veto a deal to the Nationals, quickly throwing a wrench into the Juan Soto negotiations. The Padres/Nats Soto blockbuster was accomplished anyway, sans Hosmer, and Hosmer is now heading to Boston, in accordance with Sanders and colleague Kevin Acee, who heard the deal is nearly full (Twitter hyperlink).

The Red Sox aren’t on Hosmer’s no-trade checklist, tweets Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, so that will not stand in the way in which. The Padres are set to pay nearly all of the cash owed to Hosmer as a part of the deal — roughly $46MM via the top of the 2025 season. That will not assist San Diego’s quest to dip beneath the luxury-tax line, although maybe with Soto and former Brewers nearer Josh Hader now on the squad, possession has merely determined to pay the tax for a second consecutive season.

It’s a reasonably beautiful sequence of occasions, however the Red Sox will make the most of San Diego’s willingness to pay the freight on Hosmer’s underwater contract and take a low-cost take a look at a former All-Star who’ll assist solidify a place of want within the lineup. Boston has been pairing Franchy Cordero and Bobby Dalbec at first base for a lot of the season, usually to disastrous outcomes, and Hosmer ought to shore up a few of the miscues which have develop into frequent within the Boston infield. Defensive metrics have by no means agreed with Hosmer’s 4 Gold Glove Awards, however even nonetheless, he provides the Sox a extra strong possibility than Cordero, who’s made eight errors and been rated 5 outs beneath common in simply 316 innings (per Statcast) whereas attempting to study first base on the fly within the Major Leagues.

Bringing Hosmer into the fold in some ways serves as a roadblock to the highest prospect Triston Casas, though the Sox may actually have the 2 break up time between first base and designated hitter. It does determine to tamp down rumblings of Raphael Devers ultimately transferring throughout the diamond from third base to first base, nonetheless, as Hosmer is now penciled in as the first possibility at first for the following a number of seasons. Further evaluating the deal, from Boston’s vantage level, is troublesome with out but understanding the opposite items concerned. If the Sox netted some touted minor league expertise from San Diego, as an example, the general calculus of the deal would swing drastically. The caliber of any participant they might purchase would certainly be depending on simply how a lot of Hosmer’s contract they proved keen to soak up.

Hosmer, a former All-Star and 2015 World Series champion, is within the fifth season of an eight-year, $144MM contract signed with the Padres previous to the 2018 season. The deal was virtually universally panned on the time of signing and fell into albatross territory virtually instantly. Hosmer hit a mixed .259/.316/.412 via his first 1344 plate appearances in San Diego — about six p.c worse than league-average over that span by measure of wRC+ (which, notably, weights for league context just like the juiced- ball season in 2019).

To Hosmer’s credit score, his offense has improved a bit over the previous three seasons. As leaguewide manufacturing has trended downward following the 2019 homer growth, Hosmer has maintained a .273/.336/.411 batting line from 2020-22, which clocks in at about seven p.c higher than common.

That’s nonetheless not what the Friars had in thoughts when signing him to a frontloaded eight-year cope with an $18MM annual worth, after all, and Hosmer’s tepid manufacturing has pushed the Friars to discover trades for him for greater than a yr now. In the previous, the objective was to discover a taker for Hosmer and the majority of his contract — seemingly by attaching him to a prime prospect — however issues have now reached the purpose the place the Padres are merely keen to eat a notable portion of the contract to liberate the roster spot for a extra productive hitter.

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