Eric Hosmer is finally on the move.
The veteran first baseman was widely reported to be heading from the Padres in the Nationals as part of a deal that sends Juan Soto and Josh Bell from Washington to San Diego. However, Hosmer’s inclusion in the deal was contingent on him waiving a limited no-trade clause in his contract, which he was unwilling to do.
San Diego then traded Luke Voight for Hosmer to complete the trade with Washington. But Hosmer remained expendable to the Padres after Bell was acquired at first base.
The Padres finally found a suitor for Hosmer in the red socksa deal first reported by The San Diego Union-Tribune. San Diego will pay “a significant portion” of the $44 million remaining on an eight-year, $144 million contract Hosmer signed before the 2018 season. according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Boston is sending second baseman Jay Groom to the Padres in exchange for Hosmer, ESPN reported. Minor leaguers Max Ferguson and Corey Rosier are headed from the Padres to the Red Sox as part of the deal. according to Mass Live.
Hosmer, 32, hit .265/.325/.411 with 69 home runs and 309 RBIs in 4 1/2 seasons with the Padres. He played the first seven seasons of his MLB career with the Royalswinning a World Series with Kansas City in 2015;
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Groome, 23, was the No. 12 pick in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft by Boston. He is 4–5 with a 3.59 ERA this season with 96 strikeouts and 45 walks in 92.2 innings at Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester.
Ferguson, 22, was a fifth-round pick out of the University of Tennessee in 2021. The infielder is hitting .221/.365/.358 with six homers, 50 RBIs and 55 stolen bases this season at Class-A Lake Elsinore and High-A Fort Wayne.
Rosier, 22, was drafted by the Sailors by UNC-Greensboro in the 12th round last year. He is hitting .263/.381/.396 with six homers, 37 RBI and 33 stolen bases this season at High-A Fort Wayne.
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