On Monday afternoon, I received the honor of talking to USA Today and MLB Network Insider Bob Nightengale. We had an in-depth conversation about the San Diego Padres and Eric Hosmer, the hot topic around town.
The thing that stuck out to me in our conversation was when I asked Mr. Nightengale about any new Eric Hosmer information. He said that the first baseman is “looking for an eight-year deal, and if the Padres would offer him that, he would take it in a heartbeat.” Padre’ fans have become divided amid the Eric Hosmer’ free agent talk. The choice for him seems to be between San Diego, Kansas City, and St. Louis.
One side of the argument is saying that Hosmer is not a great fit because the Padres already have Wil Myers under contract over $80 million and he is the first baseman. There is also the argument that Hosmer is not going to age well and would be under contract into his mid 30’s.
The other argument is that Hosmer would be perfect because he is currently in his prime. Myers has played the outfield previously in Tampa Bay and San Diego, and the Padres are on the cusp of being a contender in the National League West or Wild Card, and need viable players currently.
Now, you could be reading this thinking that there are some fans that are in the middle of the whole debate. You are right. There is no easy answer.
You can say Hosmer is a great player, but I’m not sure about the total years or the amount of money San Diego is offering him. Ron Fowler indicated recently that the team will not go past seven years in their offer. He also stated that the team has made a strong push and the rest is up to Scott Boras and Hosmer himself.
If Hosmer wants eight years, then the Padres may have to give him that in order to sign him. If they want to make that next step, that all Padres fans are hoping for, the financial commitment might be necessary.
Let’s face the fact that this is the San Diego Padres that we are dealing with here. This is a team that has not been to the postseason in over 10 years. Now I know some are hoping next year’s free agent calls will produce a few signings, but do you really think that the Padres are going to land a big name player? Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will be way too costly for a smaller market team.
Right now might be their only chance to land a big free agent player.
2017 was, no doubt, a career year for Hosmer as he slashed .318/.385/.498 while playing in all of his team’s 162 games. Hosmer isn’t just an MLB All-Star, but he played in every single regular season game for the Kansas City Royals last season. He is a very reliable player that will be on the field every day. Teams can feel that they are getting there money’s worth in that regard. It may be a big contract, but in those seven or eight years, you will have a productive first baseman.
All San Diegans may not agree on whether or not they should sign Hosmer, but Padre’ fans all want to this organization to make that next step to being a contender, and right now, free agent first basemen Eric Hosmer would certainly put the Padres on the right path to reach that goal. Eight years is a huge commitment though. The clock is ticking. An answer must come in the coming weeks. The Padres have apparently drawn a line in the sand. Or have they?