San Diego Padres: Eric Hosmer deal puts NL West on notice
The San Diego Padres agreed to an 8-year, $144 million deal with first baseman Eric Hosmer. Even though the Pads aren’t expected to capture the NL West in 2018, their division foes should keep an eye on the Friars.
San Diego is trying to become a championship team by developing young players. They also have one of the lowest payrolls in baseball at a little over $81 million. Chase Headley and Freddy Galvis will be free agents after the season and so the more payroll friendly contracts the Pads can get finalized, the more money they will be willing to spend on big name free agents.
Hosmer brings World Series experience to a franchise that has never won a championship. In 2017, the veteran first baseman hit .318 and collected 25 homers to go along with 94 RBIs.
The Pads were one of the worst hitting teams in baseball last season. They ranked 30th in average, runs and on-base percentage. The Friars also ranked 28th in slugging percentage.
With Hosmer becoming the new Pads’ first baseman, Wil Myers will most likely move to one of the corner outfield spots.
Sure San Diego has a lot of work to do. Nevertheless, with the additions of Hosmer, Galvis, and Headley, the Pads should be able to put forth some more quality at-bats.
The NL West should take the Padres seriously after the moves they made this offseason. The Giants core group of players are aging. The Dodgers are trying to stay under the luxury tax. Therefore it’s harder to envision them acquiring a big name player with a hefty price tag. Colorado and Arizona have excellent lineups. However, they need a lot to happen to create and sustain proficient pitching staffs for the long-term future (acquiring free agents, player improvement, become more aggressive).
The San Diego Padres have young players with plenty of promise. By signing Eric Hosmer they have made it known that the NL West will be theirs for the taking.