In signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year deal at $144 million, the San Diego Padres are signifying that they intend to compete soon.
We can debate whether that time is now or in 2020, but the front office of this franchise has full intentions to be a serious player in Major League Baseball. San Diegans could not be more excited, as this team has never had a plan set in place for long-term success. The future is bright in San Diego for the Padres.
Eric Hosmer has yet to report, but the deal is done. The focus can now start on flipping the culture in the club house.
It will be interesting to see if Hosmer will be a big influence right away in the locker room. He has the reputation of being a leader, but walking into a new club house could be a difficult moment for him and the team. Luckily, he has some former teammates already in the room who stand up for his abilities. The transition should be smooth.
The Padres have done well under manager Andy Green to structure a team that can succeed for a long time. The prospects are the future of this franchise and they must be brought up the correct way in order to get the most out of each and every one of them.
Sunday was a slow day in camp. There was some early BP and a few pitchers worked on mechanics in and around camp. Monday will be a full workout, and we might even get an Eric Hosmer sighting if we are lucky. Cross your fingers.
News and Notes
Wil Myers reports to camp and has indeed added 15-plus pounds of muscle to his frame.
Jacob Nix (low leg injury) and Kirby Yates (ankle) are both day-to-day at the moment.
Tyson Ross faced hitters, according to A.J. Cassavell, and reports were positive.