Adam WellsAugust 2, 2022
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San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller has been busy making trades.

The 32-year-old first baseman is going to be traded by the Padres to Boston.

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

With Eric Hosmer out of the Juan Soto trade after rejecting a deal to Washington, the Boston Red Sox swooped in and will acquire him from San Diego, sources tell ESPN. The finances are unclear: Padres could pick up a chunk of money -- or could send along a prospect with Hosmer.

According to Mark Feinsand, Eric Hosmer invoked his no-trade clause to reject a deal that would have sent him to the Washington Nationals.

Passan gave details of the trade.

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

The package going back to Washington for Juan Soto and Josh Bell, sources tell ESPN:- LHP MacKenzie Gore- OF Robert Hassell III- SS C.J. Abrams- OF James Wood- RHP Jarlin Susana- one more major league player

That's the only holdup right now to the agreed-upon deal.

The Padres are still trying to figure out what to do with Hosmer, according to Feinsand. The trade deadline is at 10:00 pm.

Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

Expectation is Padres will look to trade Hosmer to one of the 19 teams not on no-trade list now. There’s been some interest over last couple years, from Cubs, Rangers and others

The deal between Washington and San Diego doesn't depend on Hosmer's approval, according to Jim Bowden.

Rumors about Eric Hosmer's future with the organization began to circulate after the Padres acquired Adam Frazier.

According to Ken Rosenthal and Dennis Lin of The Athletic, the name of the 32-year-old has surfaced in recent trade discussions.

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The Padres were able to hold on to Hosmer for the remainder of the season. On November 27th, he was traded to the SeattleMariners.

There are many reasons for the Padres to trade the four-time Gold Glove winner. He hasn't been a consistent power hitter. He ranked 22nd out of 26 qualified first basemen in batting average and 24th out of 26 in wins above replacement.

Hosmer is currently ranked 21st out of 26 qualified first baseman in FanGraphs' WAR and 24th in batting average.

There were rumors that the Padres and Mets were talking about a deal involving Hosmer.

The Padres were going to trade Eric Hosmer, Chris Paddack, and other players to the Mets in exchange for Dominic Smith. The Padres would give the Mets a portion of Hosmer's salary.

The Mets decided they did not want to go through with the deal.

Hosmer has settled back in where he has been his entire career after a fast start. In 90 games, the four-time Gold Glove winner is hitting.272/.336/.391 with eight homers and 40RBI.

When Eric Hosmer signed an eight-year, $144 million contract with the San Diego Padres in February of last year, he was supposed to be a big part of the team's rebuild. He's due over 20 million dollars in each of the next two seasons. After the campaign in 2022, the deal includes an opt out.

He would have the chance to start over with a new organization if he moved now. The Padres are fifth in MLB in payroll spending and have a large amount of financial flexibility with the addition of Soto and Bell.

Based on the contract he originally signed with the Padres, Hosmer's performance has never matched his reputation. He has only been worth at least one win above replacement four times.

Things were going to change for the Padres when they signed Hosmer. When it comes to trades and signings, they are one of the most aggressive teams in baseball.

Now that the Padres appear to be ready to join the NL hierarchy, Hosmer suddenly found himself as the odd man out.

With some of their moves on Monday, the Red Sox indicated that they are selling in order to look ahead to the future. Christian Vazquez and Jake Diekman were swapped for other people.

He will get the chance to rebuild his value with one of MLB's marquee teams down the stretch this season, even though he won't be counted on as a long-term option for the Red Sox.