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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Eric Hosmer says lots of ‘red flags’ during grim offseason: ‘Something is wrong with it’

He got paid. Maybe the other guys aren’t really worth their asking prices.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2018 at 06:42 AM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, free agency, padres

Friday, March 02, 2018

Royals fans remember Lucas Duda from 2015 World Series, now he’s replacing Eric Hosmer

Ironically, Duda likely will replace Hosmer as the Royals’ first baseman. According to FanGraphs, Duda has 7.4 Wins Above Replacement since the start of the 2014 season, while Hosmer has a 7.5 WAR.

After the Royals won the Series-clinching Game 5, Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz said, “Bless his heart, Duda. He’s a good bat.”

Zach Posted: March 02, 2018 at 06:10 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, lucas duda, royals

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Eric Hosmer surprised Red Sox didn’t pursue him | The Kansas City Star

His actions don’t match Marrero’s info. If he really believed in himself and wanted to play for a contender, he would have signed a three- or four-year deal with a contender for a higher AAV. Hosmer’s priority, though, was clearly getting the most guaranteed money. I don’t begrudge him for it but, in the short term at least, he’ll be playing in a lot of meaningless games.

Now, the overall dollars on the deal aren’t bad. $21 million a year for five years then $39 million over the last three isn’t crazy. If he doesn’t decide to opt out after five years, though, the team could be locked into mediocrity (or worse) play out of the position. The Padres would then be in an Pujols situation. The worst part about the Albert Pujols deal isn’t the money he’s owed. It’s that the Angels feel compelled to play him. As a fan I’m not concerned about an owner making less money after signing an expensive guaranteed contract with a free agent; it’s having my team locked into a guy who stinks for an extended period.

On Sunday, Marrero told Boston media members that Hosmer was surprised the Red Sox didn’t push for his services.

“I mean, yeah,” Marrero told the Boston Globe. “He obviously wanted to play for a contender. That’s what everybody wants to do. And play for this great city, this great organization, which has a winning tradition. I mean, he would have loved to be here just like everyone else for sure.”

....

“He’s not that type of person,” Marrero told WEEI.com. “He’s the type of guy who wants what he wants and he’s going to get what he wants. He knows his value and he knew what he wanted and that was it. He kept working hard every day. He was the same old guy every day. We live together. We train together every day. Nothing was different. He just knew what he wanted and he was going to wait until he got it. ...

“There was nothing in him that was worrying him or anything like that. He knew he was going to get what he was going to get. I’m sure he’s happy making a decision, that’s why he waited so long. He’s not the type of person. He’s not the type who freaks out, who panics and stuff like that. He was cool as a cucumber. He handled it perfectly. He got bullied there a little bit at the beginning, but that didn’t faze him. He knew his worth and got what he deserved.”

That faith in himself paid off as Hosmer is getting an eight-year, $144 million contract with the Padres.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2018 at 02:27 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, free agents, padres

Padres, Eric Hosmer agree to terms

The Padres got their man.

The team and free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed to a deal, two sources said Saturday night.

The average annual value of the eight-year deal is $18 million, the largest monetary commitment in Padres history.

The Padres had said they would be creative. The $144-million contract is believed to be front-loaded, which might make the opt-out more attractive for Hosmer.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: February 18, 2018 at 04:29 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: collude this, eric hosmer, padres

Friday, January 05, 2018

Is Eric Hosmer bidding war overblown?

You need two teams to have a bidding war. At least you need one team to believe there are two teams.

The largest contract the Royals have given was the $72 million they gave to Alex Gordon, a stifling contract that—as the Royals head into rebuilding mode—stands as a hard reminder of what can happen when you let your heart guide your decisions.

None of this really stands up to reason. The only explanations I can come up with are:
1. Agent Scott Boras is some sort of James Bond villain supergenius.
2. Some people really, really, really like Eric Hosmer.
3. The bidding war report is overblown.

There are reasons to at least partially accept each explanation.

Boras can be a Bond supervillain; he’s blown up the moon before for players. This is a guy who got Prince Fielder more than $200 million as the slugger headed into his 30s. This is a guy who got Barry Zito the largest contract given to a pitcher, just as he was coming off three average seasons. He certainly has a lot more to work with with Hosmer.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2018 at 07:35 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, free agents

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Eric Hosmer will get paid even though the numbers may argue against it

I’d rather have another team jump on this possible grenade.

Even those fluent in scouting and analytics find Hosmer’s case to be infuriatingly difficult to parse. How does one team’s internal scouting reports grade Hosmer’s glove as an 80 – a top-of-the-charts elite mark – while the publicly available defensive metrics regularly rate him among the game’s worst first basemen?

“In my heart, he’s a $100 million player,” one general manager said. “In my head, I’m not so sure.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2017 at 06:48 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Eric Hosmer Dilemma | FanGraphs Baseball

He seems like a great guy in the clubhouse. He’s a good player. I hope the Red Sox don’t pursue him.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 04:19 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer

 

 

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