Eric Hosmer Signing Brings a Domino Effect With it for Rest of Team

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With the signing of Eric Hosmer, the San Diego Padres will need to restructure their team a bit.

The slick-fielding first baseman will surely play everyday, as he has proven he is more than capable of doing so. Hosmer is a presence in the middle of a brand new Padres’ lineup and a left-handed bat that the team has needed for a long time. It is an exciting time to be a fan of the San Diego Padres.

In bringing in Hosmer, the Padres will now have some roster shuffling to do. There is presently an excess of outfielders, as Travis Jankowski, Alex Dickerson, Franchy Cordero and Matt Szczur will all battle it out for one or possible two spots on the roster.

Hosmer will be in San Diego for at least five years, so there will be some effecst to the whole structure of the team and its minor league system. There is no longer a need for a first baseman of the future, as Hosmer will easily be in place when Fernando Tatis Jr., Mackenzie Gore, Cal Quantrill, Luis Urias and company hit the major leagues.

There are some direct issues that will need to be resolved though. General manager A.J. Preller has shown the ability time and time again to adjust on the fly. With the signing of Hosmer, the trade winds are surely blowing through the Padres’ front office.

Here is a glimpse at some things to look for immediately within the Padres’ franchise.

Wil Myers will move to left field or right field

This should not be an issue, as Myers has a history in the outfield. He has proven to be athletic as he played center for the team in 2015. That experiment failed, but Myers still showed some ability out there. Perhaps a move to the outfield will give him more time to focus on hitting. Hosmer and Myers are old friends from the Royals’ system and the addition of the left-handed hitter could be really beneficial for Myers’ psyche. If Hosmer can connect with Myers, Wil could be in store for a huge year.

Jose Pirela will return to the infield in some capacity

The team has already been working Pirela at second base in the spring, so it seems he will be given an opportunity there. He could also backup Hosmer at first and get time in the outfield. He has proven to be versatile and could be a great utility man. However, Pirela was the Padres best offensive player last year and should obviously be given an opportunity to be in the lineup everyday. Carlos Asuaje and Pirela could be used in a platoon of some sort at the start of the year. The Cactus League season will dictate a lot about what the Padres will do in 2018 in this regard.

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Franchy Cordero loses opportunity, or does he?

Franchy Cordero might have been able to earn some playing time if the Padres were unable to sign Hosmer. It was looking like he and Jose Pirela would probably platoon out there, but that all changed on Saturday night. Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers are the meat of the lineup. They will both play each and every day. Pirela could be shifted to the infield for at bats, but what about Cordero? Franchy has probably earned a serious look at the major league level, but the youngster cannot just sit on the bench. He needs at bats. Can Cordero get enough playing time as the fourth outfielder? Spelling Renfroe and Manuel Margot could give him some playing time, but probably not enough to keep him in the majors.

Where does this leave Josh Naylor?

Naylor is a left-handed hitting first baseman who will now need to shift to the outfield in order to gain playing time. He was witnessed getting work done in the outfield this week in an attempt to see if he can handle the position. The Padres like Naylor but, with the addition of Hosmer, he has no opening on the Padres now or in the future. The young Canadian’ outfielder could be used as trade bait. He has progressed very well for his age and could really blossom in 2018 with the bat. The power is coming for this young man. Giving Preller a viable trade chip is not a bad thing.

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Yosemite Sam
Yosemite Sam
4 years ago

It will be a shame if Priela doesn’t get at least 500 to 600 PA’s. He is not only their best hitter, he is the most intriguing and entertaining to watch. How incredibly sad if he is bumped by some combination of Renfroe, Myers, and Hosmer.

Websoulsurfer
Websoulsurfer
4 years ago
Reply to  Yosemite Sam

He won’t. Pirela may not break camp with the team if Cordero and Asuaje continue to play like they have.

Padre Paul
Padre Paul
4 years ago

Hate to see the young guys get punked. For the price, Hosmer better be super productive. I sit behind the Padres dugout and I will verbally be holding him accountable.

Clokerator
Clokerator
4 years ago

It’s not like they just hand them out like candy in a candy factory.

Paul Bauer
Paul Bauer
4 years ago

The Pads need all of the offense they can get in order to compete in the west…as much as I enjoy watching Asuaje play…they gotta play Pierla at second to keep his bat in the lineup…Headly will be fine at 3rd…great OBP,and still a good glove…the odd man out will be Spangy…who deserves to play,but won’t be able to…

Websoulsurfer
Websoulsurfer
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul Bauer

Have you seen Pirela play 2B? If you had, then you wouldn’t be hoping for him to get any time at 2B. Asuaje may not be the starting 2B. Spangenberg likely gets that call. Long term Urias is the 2B and that may start as soon as June of this year which would mean Asuaje and Pirela will be gone, because Urias is going to start from the day he is called up and Spangenberg has more of a shot as a utility guy than either of the other two.

Paul
Paul
4 years ago

I’d love to see Pirela get a shot at 3B. Headley should be moved asap. This will open 2B for Asuaje who handled that spot very well last year.

Websoulsurfer
Websoulsurfer
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul

Asuaje was a mediocre player. Below league average offense (88 OPS+) and slightly below average defense (-3 DRS). He is not the future at 2B for the Padres. He probably doesn’t even start the season as the starting 2B. That nod will probably go to Spangenberg if he has a good spring. Pirela is terrible with the glove. He can hit and always has been able to hit, but he is so bad on defense that no team was willing to give him much of a shot. He won’t play 3rd at all this season. If Villanueva makes the team… Read more »

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