San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer, who earlier turned down a trade to the Washington Nationals as part of the Juan Soto deal, is now headed to the Boston Red Sox, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.
As part of the deal, San Diego will pay a significant portion of the approximately $44 million remaining on Hosmer’s contract with the Red Sox, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Sources told ESPN earlier Tuesday that Hosmer would be part of the Padres’ package to acquire Soto and Josh Bell from the Washington Nationals, but Hosmer, as part of his contract, refused to drop Washington from his roster. I do not change.
Hosmer, 32, is hitting .272 with 8 home runs and 40 RBI this season. He agreed to an eight-year, $144 million deal with San Diego before the 2018 season, and is owed about $7 million for the rest of this season and $13 million annually from 2023 through 2025.
The first baseman spent his first seven seasons with the Kansas City Royals and has a career batting average of .277 with 196 home runs and 875 RBIs.
The San Diego Union-Tribune was the first to report on Hosmer’s deal with the Red Sox.