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MLB Trade Rumors: Eric Hosmer, Wil Myers Being 'Aggressively' Shopped by Padres

Erin WalshMarch 13, 2022

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The San Diego Padres are reportedly shopping first baseman Eric Hosmer and outfielder Wil Myers, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand

Hosmer has four years and $60 million remaining on his contract, while Myers is owed $20 million in 2022 and has a $20 million club option for 2023 with a $1 million buyout, Feinsand noted. 

It's no secret that the Padres want to ship Hosmer out. They tried to deal him at the 2021 deadline and were unable to find a partner for several reasons. For one, he has a a no-trade list that includes 10 teams, some of which could be potential suitors, and has an opt-out clause after 2022 campaign.

In addition, his production has been mediocre at best since signing an eight-year, $144 million contract with the Padres before the 2018 campaign. He slashed .269/.337/.395 with 12 home runs and 65 RBI last season. 

In his four seasons in San Diego, Hosmer is slashing .264/.323/.415. Those numbers are all down from his seven-year career with the Kansas City Royals, when he won a Silver Slugger Award, four Gold Gloves and earned an All-Star selection. 

For comparison, in seven seasons with the Royals, the veteran slashed .284/.342/.439.

After nearly being dealt at last year's trade deadline, Hosmer told USA Today's Bob Nightengale that he doesn't want to leave San Diego because he wants to deliver a title to the city: 

"I know it's part of the business, but I don't want to leave. I created a lot of relationships here with a lot of people in this organization and a lot of people at Petco Park. I want to see this thing through and bring a championship here to San Diego.
"That's all I ever wanted."

The 32-year-old added that he was relieved when he found out he would remain with the franchise. 

Myers, meanwhile, has spent the last seven seasons in San Diego after beginning his career with the Tampa Bay Rays. Like Hosmer, his contract is a big reason why he's a trade candidate. 

The 31-year-old has also been similarly inconsistent over his Padres career. Last season, he slashed .256/.334/.434 with 17 home runs and 63 RBI. 

San Diego is looking to make several changes this offseason after a disappointing 2021 season in which it missed the playoffs after finishing with a 79-83 record. It was the 14th time in the last 15 seasons the Padres had missed the postseason. 

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