The latest from Jon Heyman on Jarrod Washburn:
The Royals are believed to be offering significantly more money. But
it’s thought that Washburn would prefer a return to Seattle, where he
thrived last year. That’s if the dollars can be worked out.
Like I said yesterday, when it comes to Heyman reporting on a Boras client vs. the Royals spending too much on a guy who can’t help them, we’re deep into irresistible force/immovable object territory. I’ll opine, however, that if the Royals were truly offering Washburn significant money, it would represent the first time anyone has offered him significant money all year, at a time when teams have very little incentive to offer significant money to anyone.
Up next: “Mystery team!”
Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that the San Diego Padres and Eric Hosmer have had two face-to-face meetings in recent days and that, as a result, they are the “clear-cut favorites” to land the free agent first baseman.
This would be a pretty big splash for a team that has not, in recent years, made many big splashes on the free agent market, instead focusing on rebuilding from within. The Padres, however, are reported to view Hosmer as a “culture-changer,” who they believe can be the leader of a club they think is ready to turn the corner. If they did sign him, his deal would eclipse — maybe even come near doubling — the largest contract ever handed out by the Padres, which was the $83 million deal given to Wil Myers a year ago. Signing Hosmer would also force Myers off of first base and back to the outfield, which is something he has said recently he’d be willing to do to help the team.
Hosmer, 28, had a career year in 2017, hitting .318/.385/.498 with 25 homers. There have been suggestions that he’s still open to returning to the Royals, though they are about to embark on a rebuild. He has also reportedly had discussions with the Red Sox, who Nightengale says are “still lurking.”