Red Sox acquire first baseman Eric Hosmer from Padres

The Boston Red Sox have acquired a first baseman who made headlines for rejecting a previous move hours before the trade deadline. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported at 2:30 pm Tuesday that Eric Hosmer of the San Diego Padres would be coming to Boston, citing unnamed sources . The Red Sox officially announced the trade at about 5:40 pm, stating that they acquired Hosmer, cash considerations and two minor leagues — infielder Max Ferguson and outfielder Corey Rosier — in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jay Groome, who was with the triple -A Worcester Red Sox.According to Passan’s sources, the Padres will be paying down a significant portion of the approximately $44 million remaining on Hosmer’s contract.Hosmer, 32, is in his 12th major league season after being drafted by the Kansas City Royals with the third overall pick in 2008.In 1,644 career games, Hosmer has a batting average of .277 with 316 doubles, 196 home runs, 875 runs batted in and 799 runs scored.Hosmer is a four-time American League Gold Glove award winner ( 2013-15, 2017) and won a Silver Slugger award in 2017.In 2015, Hosmer helped the Royals win their second World Series championship and their first since 1985. He was the starting first baseman for the American League in the 2016 MLB All- Star Game and was named the Most Valuable Player in that Midsummer Classic. He signed with the Padres as a free agent in February 2018 to an eight-year, $144 million contract after finishing the 2017 season with a career-high batting average of .318, which was good for third in the American League.Hosmer batted .272 with 16 doubles, eight homers and 40 RBI in 90 games with San Diego this this season.Red Sox first basemen have struggled this season, as Boston ranks 26th in all of Major League Baseball with a .662 on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS) at the first base position. The team also has 10 errors at first base, tied for the most in the majors, with Franchy Cordero committing three in one game last week.”We have struggled to find stability at first base this year,” said Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom, “We think Eric will provide that.”According to ESPN, the Padres had considered including Hosmer in a deal with the Washington Nationals for All-Star outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell. The Nationals, however, were on Hosmer’s no -trade list and he declined to remove Washington from that list.Ferguson is a 22-year-old left-handed hitter who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Padres’ No. 11 prospect and is San Diego’s 23rd best prospect according to Baseball America Rosier is also a 22-year-old left-handed hitter who reached the High-A level.MLB Pipeline lists him as the Padres’ No. 26 prospect .Rosier, a 12th-round draft pick in 2021, is not rated by Baseball America as one of San Diego’s top 30 prospects. Groome, 23, is the no. 11 prospect in the Red Sox minor league system according to MLB Pipeline and Boston’s No. 13 prospect according to Baseball America. The 12th overall pick in the 2016 draft has a career minor-league record of 12-22 with a 4.46 earned run average in 60 appearances, including 58 starts.Other deadline movesOn Monday, the Red Sox traded starting catcher Christian Vázquez to the Houston Astros . Vázquez was in Boston’s lineup Monday against Houston before being scratched just minutes before the game. Vázquez, 31, was the longest-tenured Red Sox player on the roster prior to the trade. He was with the organization since being drafted by Boston in 2008 at the age of 17.”You have seen me grow up as a person and as a player. I went through all the minor league teams… and I have so much to be grateful for,” Vázquez wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “The coaches, clubhouse staff, trainers, and teammates who became my family during my time in all of the Red Sox teams, I am forever grateful, for you helped me when I was away from my family and I felt supported by you.” It is true that Red Sox Nation is one of the best fan base in baseball and in the WORLD! Your energy at Fenway, and even on the road, cannot be replicated, and I will hear your cheers in my heart forever. I hope to one day come back to you again, even if I have a different uniform on my back. My family and I will always miss you.”Boston will always have a place in my heart, and this is me leaving a piece of it with you. May God bless all of you. Love you forever Red Sox Nation!”The Red Sox acquired Astros prospects Enmanuel Valdez and Wilyer Abreu in the Vázquez trade. Boston also traded for Chicago White Sox catcher Reese McGuire and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham on Monday.”It was a big move. He was a big piece of the team,” Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts said about the Vázquez trade. “We got a couple of good players back. We’ll see how it goes.”The MLB trade deadline was set at 6 pm Tuesday.Red Sox manager Alex Cora smiled when talking to reporters before Tuesday’s game against the Astros. Baseball’s trade deadline had just passed, and he still had All-Stars Bogaerts, Rafael Devers and JD Martinez in his lineup.”It’s like New Year’s Eve: 3-2-1 fireworks,” Cora said in the visitor’s dugout at Minute Maid Field in Houston. “For how down we were yesterday, there’s a lot of excitement in the clubhouse to keep these guys.””I think we have at least as good a chance of getting to the postseason as we did, and I hope a better one,” Bloom said, “When we have a shot, even when it’s not the shot we anticipated in April, we should take it.””We have a good baseball team. Obviously we have work to do,” Cora added. “We are three games behind in the wild-card race, and we’ve got a shot.”Before Tuesday’s game against the Astros, the Red Sox added McGuire and Pham to the active maj or league roster and announced that Pham would start in left field and bat second against Houston. To make room on the roster, Boston optioned catcher Ronaldo Hernández and Cordero to Triple-A Worcester.In addition, the Red Sox reinstated Devers from the 10-day injured list while placing outfielder Rob Refsnyder on the 10-day IL with a right knee sprain, retroactive to July 30. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

The Boston Red Sox have acquired a first baseman who made headlines for rejecting a previous move hours before the trade deadline.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported at 2:30 pm Tuesday that Eric Hosmer of the San Diego Padres would be coming to Boston, citing unnamed sources.

The Red Sox officially announced the trade at about 5:40 pm, stating that they acquired Hosmer, cash considerations and two minor leagues — infielder Max Ferguson and outfielder Corey Rosier — in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jay Groome, who was with the triple -A Worcester Red Sox.

According to Passan’s sourcesthe Padres will be paying down a significant portion of the approximately $44 million remaining on Hosmer’s contract.

Hosmer, 32, is in his 12th major league season after being drafted by the Kansas City Royals with the third overall pick in 2008.

In 1,644 career games, Hosmer scored a batting average of .277 with 316 doubles, 196 home runs, 875 runs batted in and 799 runs.

Hosmer is a four-time American League Gold Glove award winner (2013-15, 2017) and won a Silver Slugger award in 2017.

In 2015, Hosmer helped the Royals win their second World Series championship and their first since 1985. He was the starting first baseman for the American League in the 2016 MLB All-Star Game and was named the Most Valuable Player in that Midsummer Classic.

He signed with the Padres as a free agent in February 2018 to an eight-year, $144 million contract after finishing the 2017 season with a career-high batting average of .318, which was good for third in the American League.

Hosmer batted .272 with 16 doubles, eight homers and 40 RBI in 90 games with San Diego this season.

Red Sox first basemen have struggled this season, as Boston ranks 26th in all of Major League Baseball with a .662 on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS) at the first base position. The team also has 10 errors at first base, tied for the most in the majors, with Franchy Cordero committing three in one game last week.

“We have struggled to find stability at first base this year,” said Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom. “We think Eric will provide that.”

According to ESPN, the Padres had considered including Hosmer in a deal with the Washington Nationals for All-Star outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell. The Nationals, however, were on Hosmer’s no-trade list and he declined to remove Washington from that list.

Ferguson is a 22-year-old left-handed hitter who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Padres’ No. 11 prospect and is San Diego’s 23rd best prospect according to Baseball America. The 2021 fifth-round draft pick is currently at the High-A level.

Rosier is also a 22-year-old left-handed hitter who reached the High-A level. MLB Pipeline lists him as the Padres’ No. 26 prospect. Rosier, a 12th-round draft pick in 2021, is not rated by Baseball America as one of San Diego’s top 30 prospects.

Groome, 23, is the No. 11 prospect in the Red Sox minor league system according to MLB Pipeline and Boston’s No. 13 prospect according to Baseball America. The 12th overall pick in the 2016 draft has a career minor-league record of 12-22 with a 4.46 earned run average in 60 appearances, including 58 starts.

Other deadline moves

On Monday, the Red Sox traded starting catcher Christian Vázquez to the Houston Astros. Vázquez was in Boston’s lineup Monday against Houston before being scratched just minutes before the game.

Vázquez, 31, was the longest-tenured Red Sox player on the roster prior to the trade. He was with the organization since being drafted by Boston in 2008 at the age of 17.

“You have seen me grow up as a person and as a player. I went through all the minor league teams … and I have so much to be grateful for,” Vázquez wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “The coaches, clubhouse staff, trainers, and teammates who became my family during my time in all of the Red Sox teams, I am forever grateful, for you helped me when I was away from my family and I felt supported by you.

“It is true that Red Sox Nation is one of the best fan base in baseball and in the WORLD! Your energy at Fenway, and even on the road, cannot be replicated, and I will hear your cheers in my heart forever. I hope to one day come back to you again, even if I have a different uniform on my back.My family and I will always miss you.

“Boston will always have a place in my heart, and this is me leaving a piece of it with you. May God bless all of you. Love you forever Red Sox Nation!”

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The Red Sox acquired Astros prospects Enmanuel Valdez and Wilyer Abreu in the Vázquez trade. Boston also traded for Chicago White Sox catcher Reese McGuire and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham on Monday.

“It was a big move. He was a big piece of the team,” Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts said about the Vázquez trade. “We got a couple of good players back. We’ll see how it goes.”

The MLB trade deadline was set at 6 pm Tuesday.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora smiled when talking to reporters before Tuesday’s game against the Astros. Baseball’s trade deadline had just passed, and he still had All-Stars Bogaerts, Rafael Devers and JD Martinez in his lineup.

“It’s like New Year’s Eve: 3-2-1 fireworks,” Cora said in the visitor’s dugout at Minute Maid Field in Houston. “For how down we were yesterday, there’s a lot of excitement in the clubhouse to keep these guys.”

“I think we have at least as good a chance of getting to the postseason as we did, and I hope a better one,” Bloom said. “When we have a shot, even when it’s not the shot we anticipated in April, we should take it.”

“We have a good baseball team. Obviously we have work to do,” Cora added. “We are three games behind in the wild-card race, and we’ve got a shot.”

Before Tuesday’s game against the Astros, the Red Sox added McGuire and Pham to the active major league roster and announced that Pham would start in left field and bat second against Houston. To make room on the roster, Boston optioned catcher Ronaldo Hernández and Cordero to Triple-A Worcester.

In addition, the Red Sox reinstated Devers from the 10-day injured list while placing outfielder Rob Refsnyder on the 10-day IL with a right knee sprain, retroactive to July 30.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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