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Padres Re-Route Eric Hosmer To Red Sox

Eric Hosmer
The Padres have re-routed Eric Hosmer to the Red Sox after he nixed being dealt to Washington in the Juan Soto trade. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)

Padres Re-Route Eric Hosmer To Red Sox

We thought Eric Hosmer was headed to Washington as part of the Juan Soto trade. Hosmer had Washington on his no-trade list and quickly nixed the deal. Hard to blame him considering the state of the Nationals franchise. Instead, Eric Hosmer has been re-routed to the Red Sox.

Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune was the first to report the news:

Hosmer, 32, currently sports a batting line of .272/.336/.391. Regardless, it’s way better than the first base production the Red Sox are currently getting from Bobby Dalbec and Franchy Cordero. It’s also a great plug and play guy until Triston Casas is truly ready for the big leagues. Hosmer would also serve as a nice mentor for Casas making his way to the big leagues. Keep in mind, Casas and Hosmer actually have a close relationship. Both are from the state of Florida.

Hosmer has an OPS+ of 112. That’s a hell of a lot better than the 76 OPS+ of Dalbec and 82 of Cordero. Hosmer is also a former gold glove winner at the position. Dalbec and Cordero have been a nightmare defensively all season.

The full details of the trade look like this. Pitching prospect Jay Groome with head to San Diego. Boston will also receive Max Ferguson, Corey Rosier, and a significant amount of cash to cover a large portion of the Hosmer contract. On the surface, not a terrible deal to get Hosmer on what will end up being a rookie contract. Just certainly not a package that’s going to blow anyone away for doing the Padres a favor for taking on their former disgruntled first basemen.

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