The Eric Hosmer Talk is Simply to Sell Tickets

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Let’s be honest.

When you see something indicating that the San Diego Padres are internally discussing the possibility of signing Eric Hosmer, you get excited. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently published a piece stating that the baseball operations department of the Padres is indeed discussing Eric Hosmer. They are certainly kicking the tires on the first baseman.

As a starved Padre fan, you can only hope that the team is about to spend money on the open market. Or can you?

The future of this team is bright, but it is just that… the future. The present Padre squad is not ready to compete, and rightfully so, as the roster is full of young developing players. Bringing in Eric Hosmer, a former World Series Champion, will not guarantee success. If you bring in all-star caliber talent and surround them with youth and inexperience, you are asking for trouble.

Contrary to what Ron Fowler has recently said on local airwaves, the Padres do not have the goal of .500 for next season. Or at least they shouldn’t have that goal. You either play for it all, or you play for a higher draft pick. Plain and simple. Finishing in the middle is pointless. Padres fans have been there. Its time to move on.

Ron Fowler was on the air, trying to sell tickets. Trying to show fans that he is passionate about winning. There is no doubt in my mind that he is tired of losing, but even he has to realize that the Padres need to be patient. Their time is finally coming. After years of incompetence, the team has a direction.

If you have rooted for this team for any extended period, you realize how useless the front office has been from time to time. Making horrible trades, just to do it, has been a common theme over the years. Andrew Cashner for Anthony Rizzo and Ryan Ludwick for Corey Kluber were both horrendous trades for the franchise.

Bad trades happen. That is part of the game. But the team has also failed to entertain free agents that are a fit for the team, while at the same time signing the likes of Jered Weaver and James Shields. Eric Hosmer would be another blunder. The Padres have also been historically miserable cultivating talent from within their farm system. Year after year, the farm produced nothing but mediocre players. That already has changed as Hunter Renfroe, Austin Hedges, Franchy Cordero, and Dinelson Lamet are the first wave of homegrown talent that has arrived at the major league level. More are on the way as well, and with that, there is a definite sense that this A.J. Preller regime will deliver.

The Padres are indeed kicking the tires on Eric Hosmer, but do not expect anything from this.

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Read the signs on the wall. The San Diego Padres realize they are rebuilding. They know that the time is not right to go for it. With the Dodgers presently loaded, the Giants still dangerous, and the Rockies and Diamondbacks surging, the team wisely should not push all their chips in quite yet.

Eric Hosmer makes sense in that the team desperately needs a left-handed bat in the middle of their order. I get that. He makes sense as he absolutely rakes at Petco Park  (15-34 .441 with three home runs in 34 at bats) and is still relatively young (28). But on the open market, his asking price will easily exceed $100 million dollars in total. The Padres should want absolutely nothing to do with that. The team might have money to spend, but now is not the time.

All this talk of Hosmer is carefully placed into the media to reflect that the team is “doing things”. The Padres are very well capable of making a blockbuster trade this winter, but they will not, and should not, spend any substantial amount of money (unless it is on Shohei Otani). And even then, with their $300,000 spending limit on him, they would need a miracle to obtain the Japanese “Babe Ruth“.

Go buy your tickets. This Padre team will be exciting to watch. They are young and they will provide plenty of great action. But like all young players, there will be growing pains, and they can be unbearable to watch from time to time. Even though the 2018 season might be rough for Padre fans, they can take solace that the horizon is bright. It just won’t contain Eric Hosmer.

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Paul
Paul
4 years ago

Hey James, great article. I enjoy reading pieces from other fans who are continually frustrated (like me) and can put a good case out there. I do think we have one of the stranger sports franchises in sports and you are as mystified as many of us are. Fowler is a politician and has done a great job marketing this “club” but I really think he cares less about the baseball side than we think. His only motivation is cash, and that’s part in parcel to why AJ Preller is our GM: he’s out looking for diamonds in the rough… Read more »

SD Don
SD Don
4 years ago

You should add the trade of Ross and Turner for Meyers to your list of bad trades. WE then added to that Fiasco by giving Meyers the largest contract in Franchise history and made him the cornerstone of this franchise. My biggest issue with Meyers is he is just average at best with more flaws at the plate then our prospects who get highly criticized for similar flaws. He is RH at a position that is a spot for a LH power bat normally. For every reason you mention on the idea of getting Hosmer the team should of not… Read more »

Paul
Paul
4 years ago
Reply to  SD Don

YES. Thank you. Someone else finally said it.

Dustin
Dustin
4 years ago

This is a tricky one. Poistives – Hosmer would add a good left handed bat, a great glove, and leadership, which with all of the young guys we hope come up the next few years will be extra valuable. Could be a bargain compared to the contracts being talked about for next years free agents. Negatives – this would be the largest contract in team history, for a guy I would not consider a super star. What would the Padres do with the 2nd largest contract in team history? Would/could Myers be moved to 3rd base, one of the few… Read more »

Loren
Loren
4 years ago
Reply to  Dustin

Move Myers to 3B? That would be interesting but at the same time if Myers was a bit of a butcher at 1B I can’t imagine he’ll get better at 3B. Plus I don’t see that happening in many cases with major players.

Loren
Loren
4 years ago

I’d sooner spend that money on Mike Moustaskis

Roger Silliman
Roger Silliman
4 years ago

We already have a pretty good first baseman Don’t we? And a pretty expensive one to boot….

Paul
Paul
4 years ago
Reply to  Roger Silliman

Well he’s projected to be good. He’s not really.

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