Eric Hosmer almost called off the deal with Juan Soto and gave fans a heart attack

San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer held all power in the trade with Juan Soto until he no longer did.

The Nationals and Padres agreed to a trade for Juan Soto and Josh Bell. Originally it appeared Hosmer was in the deal, but the San Diego first baseman has a no-trade clause, which complicates things.

Hosmer doesn’t want to be a Washington National, it seems. Barring a late change of heart, Hosmer will need treatment elsewhere.

The San Diego first baseman’s contract is not favorable, which would explain the Padres’ decision to fire him at the close of business. Sending him to Washington at the same store they picked up Bell from would be perfect. Unfortunately, Hosmer did not agree with this plan.

Padres: Eric Hosmer had all the power in dealing with Juan Soto

Hosmer is tied to a contract that will see him earn $13 million each over the next three seasons. By the time said deal closes, he’ll be 35, and he’s nowhere near the player he was when he won the World Series with the Kansas City Royals.

But he is by no means unplayable. Hosmer shortens .272/.336/.392. He has shown moderate strength this season and is certainly a good enough first baseman for a non-competing team.

However, San Diego and Preller consider themselves contenders for the World Series, making Bell a far better option.

Soto is one of the best bats in all of baseball, and has been dubbed the next Ted Williams for a reason. The Pads will find a way to do this trade, with or without the Hosmer attached. Eric Hosmer almost called off the deal with Juan Soto and gave fans a heart attack

John Verrall

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