The Red Sox acquire Eric Hosmer

Padres and Red Sox announce deal that will send first baseman Eric Hosmer To the Red Sox along with the prospects Corey Roser And the Max Ferguson, as well as monetary considerations. In return, Padres will receive the opportunity to promote Jay Groom. according to Alex Speer of The Boston GlobeThe cash considerations are actually about $44 million, with Padres paying the remainder of Hosmer’s contract, regardless of the league minimum.

Hosmer previously exercised his partial no-trade clause to reject a deal for Citizens, temporarily resulting in a wrench being thrown into the Juan Soto Negotiation. The blockbuster Padres/Nats Soto is finished anyway, without Hosmer, and Hosmer is now heading to Boston instead.

It’s a stunning sequence of events, but the Red Sox will benefit from San Diego’s willingness to pay freight on Hosmer’s underwater contract and a low-cost look at the former All-Star that will help cement a position of need in the connecting line. Boston paired up Francie Cordero And the Bobby Dalbeck On first base for most of the season, often to disastrous results, Hosmer must shore up some of the fouls that have become so common on Boston Stadium. Defensive metrics have never matched Hosmer’s four Gold Awards, but nonetheless it does give the Sox a more solid option than Cordero, who made eight fouls and was rated five times below average in just 316 rounds (per Statcast) as he tried to learn first rule On the fly in the major tournaments.

Bringing Hosmer into the fold in many ways is an obstacle to reaching the highest levels Triston Casas, although the Sox could certainly have the split time between first base and designated hitter. This number does not relieve the grumble Raphael Devers Eventually he moves through the diamond from third base to first base, although Hosmer is now the starting base option for several seasons to come.

Hosmer, the former All-Star and 2015 World Series champion, is in season five of a $144 million eight-year contract signed with the Padres prior to the 2018 season. The deal was criticized almost universally at the time of the signing and fell into albatross territory almost immediately. Hosmer made a combined .259/.316/.412 with his 1,344 board debut in San Diego—about six percent worse than the league average over that period by the WRC+ scale (which, in particular, weights for league context such as juice- ball season in 2019).

To Hosmer’s credit, his attack has improved quite a bit over the past three seasons. With large-scale production trending lower in the wake of the 2019 Homer boom, Hosmer maintained its .273/.336/.411 hitting streak from 2020 to 22, which is about seven percent better than average.

That wasn’t what the brothers had in mind when they signed an eight-year pre-loaded deal with an annual $18 million, of course, and Hosmer’s lukewarm production has prompted the brothers to explore deals for him for over a year now. In the past, the goal was to find a contractor for Hosmer and the bulk of his contract – most likely by attaching him with a high probability – but things have now come to the point where the Padres are simply willing to take up a notable portion of the contract to free up the roster spot for a more productive hitter. Josh Bellwhich was obtained together with Soto.

In order to get rid of said albatross, they parted with Rosier and Ferguson, whom Boston would acquire in exchange for taking Hosmer from the hands of the Padres. Rosier, 22, was a 12th-round pick in last year’s draft. The ball player made his A-ball debut last year, reaching .390/.461/.585 with 13 steals. This year, switching to High-A, he hit .263/.381/.396 with 33 swipes. Ferguson, 22, is a player selected in the fifth round last year. He split his time this year between A-ball and High-A, cutting .221/.365/.358.

While the Padres have long wanted to get rid of Hosmer’s contract for financial reasons, it appears that they have finally given up on those dreams, as they are effectively eating away at all of his contract. The club has been flirting with the luxury tax line all year long, apparently unwilling to cross it. However, the chance of getting top players like Soto, Bell and Josh Hader It seemed like an opportunity too good to be missed, as the club is now certain to pay the luxury tax for the second season in a row.

In lieu of financial relief, the Padres will get a previous first-round pick, with Groome being picked twelfth by the Red Sox in 2016. Baseball America once considered him one of the top 100 players in the sport, with Groome landing at # 43 in 2017 and #83 in 2018. Unfortunately, Tommy John’s surgery wiped out his 2018 season and limited him to just four rounds in 2019. A pandemic followed that wiped out minor league seasons in 2020, meaning Groome barely had Share it all for three consecutive seasons. He returned to the heap last year, hitting a 4.81 ERA between High-A and Double-A. He’s shown improved results this year, though, throwing 92 2/3 runs between Double-A and Triple-A with a 3.59 ERA and 24.2% strike rate, despite a higher 11.4% walk rate. It will add some depth to the ostracism for Badris, who just lost Mackenzie Gor in the Soto deal.

Jeff Sanders from the San Diego Union-Tribune I first mentioned that Hosmer was heading to Boston. Ken Rosenthal from The Athletic Note first that Hosmer’s no-trade list did not include Red Sox. MassLive’s Chris Cotillo first mentioned that this will be a multiplayer deal and that Rosier and Ferguson will be included (Twitter links). Robert Murray from Fan Side He was the first to share with the groom. Alex Speer of The Boston Globe It first reported that the Padres are sending about $44 million to the Red Sox.

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