The Red Sox look like they’re about to get a new first baseman.
Boston is trading for San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer, according to multiple reports. The 32-year-old Hosmer was initially part of the Juan Soto blockbuster deal earlier in the day, but he reportedly invoked his partial no-trade clause to block a move to the Washington Nationals.
Hosmer is owed $39 million over the next three seasons, though The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that the Padres are “almost certainly” paying the vast majority of the remainder of his contract, which includes $7 million this season. Hosmer can opt out of his contract after this season.
Hosmer is batting .272 with eight homers, 40 RBI and .727 OPS this season. He’s a four-time Gold Glove winner and represents a significant upgrade at first base over Bobby Dalbec and Franchy Cordero, who have seen most of the playing time at first for the Red Sox this season.