HOUSTON — Chaim Bloom’s first deal of deadline day entails a giant title.
The Purple Sox have agreed to accumulate first baseman Eric Hosmer from the Padres, as first reported by Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It’s unclear if Boston is paying most of Hosmer’s remaining contract or if San Diego is attaching a prospect to sweeten the deal. Boston just isn’t anticipated to pay a lot when it comes to prospect capital in what must be a creatively designed commerce.
Hosmer, 32, just isn’t the offensive participant he as soon as was. The previous Royal is hitting .272 with eight homers, 40 RBIs and a .727 OPS in 90 video games this 12 months. He can play first base, which has been an apparent space of want for the Purple Sox this season because of the struggles of Bobby Dalbec and Franchy Cordero, or slot into designated hitter if the Sox commerce J.D. Martinez. As a four-time Gold Glover, Hosmer will present a major defensive improve at first base. He may finally function a mentor to high prospect Triston Casas, who he is aware of effectively as a result of they’ve skilled collectively in South Florida.
Hosmer is underneath contract via 2025 and can earn $13 million in every of the subsequent three seasons. The eight-year, $144 million deal he signed with the Padres earlier than the 2018 season is backloaded. In line with studies, the Padres are anticipated to pay a good portion of that contract.
Hosmer made headlines earlier within the day for refusing to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Nationals as a part of the Juan Soto blockbuster. That commerce nonetheless went on, and the Padres started in search of different suitors for him. It seems the Purple Sox gained their pursuit.
Boston made three trades Monday. The Sox shipped catcher Christian Vázquez to the Astros for 2 prospects, acquired outfielder Tommy Pham from the Reds and swapped left-hander Jake Diekman and catcher Reese McGuire with the White Sox.
Chris Cotillo, masslive.com
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