Eric Hosmer trade details: No-trade clause disrupts Juan Soto to Padres deal, sends first baseman to Red Sox


Eric Hosmer found a new home, even if it wasn’t a part of the trade deadline’s biggest blockbuster.

It was a chaotic morning for the 32-year-old first basemen, who was initially reported as a major piece of a blockbuster deal sending All-Star outfielder Juan Soto to the Padres for a crop of prospects. But there was a catch — Hosmer had a no-trade clause for 10 specific teams in his contract and the Nationals were one of them, holding up the trade momentarily.

While several reports suggested the Soto trade would still go through regardless of Hosmer’s no-trade clause, there was a brief pause in the action as the Padres explored other avenues for the veteran.

Shortly thereafter, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune was first to report Hosmer will be headed to the Red Sox, giving Boston a new starting first baseman.

For more details on Hosmer’s contract and the trade to the Red Sox, we have you covered below.

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Eric Hosmer trade details

Red Sox get:

1B Eric Hosmer

Padres get:

What this means for the Padres

The Padres tried to include Hosmer with prospects SS C.J. Abrams, LHP Mackenzie Gore, OF Robert Hassell III, OF James Wood and RHP Jarlin Suana to land All-Star outfielder Soto, but Hosmer declined to waive the no-trade clause in his contract.

Hosmer reportedly had 10 teams on his no-trade clause list and with the Nationals being one of them, he had all the leverage with San Diego’s front office. The Padres were still able to acquire Soto, but Hosmer was not included in the deal.

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Instead, Hosmer will reportedly be sent to the Red Sox and San Diego will have to pay a “significant portion” of the $44 million remaining on his contract, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Passan also reported there’s a chance the Padres could send along a prospect with Hosmer in a package to Boston.

It is not yet known what the Red Sox will give up in this deal, but the Padres are stuck paying off most of the 31-year-old’s remaining contract as a result of their mishap in the Soto deal.

What this means for the Red Sox

This deal is a win across the board for Boston.

While Hosmer is no longer the All-Star and Gold Glover he was in Kansas City, he’s still a more-than-serviceable first baseman who can make an immediate impact for the Red Sox. Add to it that the Padres are paying off a “significant portion” of the $44 million remaining on his contract, and Boston is filling its hole at first base at a major discount.

The Red Sox have platooned Bobby Dalbec and Franchy Cordero at first base this season and neither has found any consistent success at the plate or in the field. In 290 plate appearances, Dalbec is slashing .205/.279/.363 with 93 strikeouts and 53 hits. In 244 plate appearances, Cordero is slashing .219/.298/.363 with 78 strikeouts and 47 hits.

Hosmer — who is hitting a modest .272 on the season with eight home runs and 40 RBI — will give Boston a reliable everyday first baseman who will be an instant upgrade on both sides of the ball.

Even after a dreadful July where they went 8-19 and fell to last place in the AL East and out of one of the three AL Wild Card spots, the Red Sox are still only three games back from reclaiming a Wild Card spot. Adding Hosmer allows Boston to continue to remain competitive as it looks to qualify for the postseason.

Eric Hosmer contract details

Back in 2018, Hosmer signed an eight-year, $144 million deal with the Padres. After the 2022 season, he will only have three years and $39 million remaining on that contract before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2026. He also has a player opt-out after this season, if he chooses.

Eric Hosmer contract details
$20 million
$13 million (PO)
$13 million (PO)
$13 million (PO)

The Sporting News will continue to monitor and update accordingly as more details of the trade emerge.

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