Veteran free agent first baseman, Eric Hosmer is “on the radar” for the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles. The 33-year-old, 6-foot-3 Hosmer is a free agent after being released by the Boston Red Sox earlier this offseason.
2022 was a challenging year for Hosmer. He was hitting .272/.336/.391 for the Padres at the deadline when they made their move to acquire Juan Soto and Josh Bell from the Washington Nationals. Hosmer was originally part of the return to DC, but he exercised his limited no-trade clause to veto that deal:
The Padres went ahead and eventually sent Luke Voit to the Nationals, trading Hosmer (and his remaining salary minus the league minimum) to Boston with prospects Corey Rosier and Max Ferguson, in exchange for Jay Groome.
Things didn’t work out in Boston, as Hosmer hit .244/.320/.311 in 50 plate appearances before landing on the disabled list with lower back inflammation and missing the rest of the season. With San Diego paying almost his entire salary, there seemed to be a chance that Hosmer would stick with Boston in some capacity down the road.
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However, the team (DFA) assigned him earlier this month, opening first base for rookie Triston Casas. There were reports that the Red Sox were trying to trade him before the DFA, but they evidently found little interest and Hosmer eventually found his way back to the open market.