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Eric Hosmer Taking Leap of Faith in Padres

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The long winter of uncertainty concluded earlier this week for Eric Hosmer.  The 28-year old first baseman accepted an eight-year, $144 million contract with the San Diego Padres.  However, Hosmer spent the duration of the offseason in limbo.

Hosmer was drafted by the Royals and spent seven seasons in Kansas City.  He was an instrumental part of the team’s 2015 World Series victory over the New York Mets.  Hosmer won four Gold Gloves and was the All-Star Game’s Most Valuable Player in 2016.

Yet, a talented, young player in the prime of his career had trouble finding suitors.  The San Diego Padres were the team that had interest in Hosmer from the beginning.  The Padres were reported to have initiated talks between the two sides in November.

Hosmer and his agent Scott Boras obviously expected a bigger market to develop.  Hosmer waited until the start of Spring Training to accept a deal from a team that wasn’t his obvious first choice.  Otherwise, a deal ideally would have been reached between the Padres and Hosmer sooner.

A return to Kansas City was a speculated option for Hosmer.  The Royals didn’t seem interested in committing big money to one player. The Royals have begun what is expected to be a lengthy rebuild.

Despite a 71-91 record in 2017 the San Diego front office believes the Padres are not far from contending.  The Padres have a Farm System that has six players ranked in the Top 50 of MLB.com’s 2018 Prospect Watch.

San Diego’s current roster is barren aside from players like Wil Myers, Brad Hand, and Manuel Margot.  The Padres face steep competition in the National League West.  The Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Rockies, and Giants all expect to contend for the division crown.

The Padres have only five playoff appearances since the club’s first season in 1969.  They have not appeared in the postseason since 2006.  The organization dismissed manager Bruce Bochy after that season and watched him go to San Francisco to lead the Giants to three World Titles.

The team has appeared in two World Series but lost to two historic teams in the 1984 Detroit Tigers and 1998 New York Yankees.  The great Tony Gwynn wasted away in San Diego as not even he could help this hapless franchise win consistently.  The Padres have had other great’s like Dave Winfield and Trevor Hoffman, but sustained success has not been in the cards for the Friars.

Eric Hosmer’s options were limited within the parameters of the type of deal he wanted and going to San Diego is a risk.  Hosmer surely could’ve taken a pillow deal from a contender and try free agency after the 2018 season.  He chose to take Padres GM A.J. Preller’s word on the Padres being close to contending.

The Padres were close to contending in 2015 when Preller acquired Justin Upton, James Shields, and Craig Kimbrel.  The team flopped and finished the year 74-88.  Preller’s contract was extended this past offseason.

Hosmer is now the jewel of the Padres lineup and should continue to be a productive player for years to come.  Hosmer hopes to be an integral part of changing the losing culture in San Diego.  Hosmer can opt out after five years, so his faith in changing the culture has limits.

The next step is for the Padres to put a team around Hosmer, unless of course Swinging Friar can win 20 games and hit 50 Home Runs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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