Something fun happened with the San Diego Padres overnight.
For a short period, the team’s official Facebook page showed this, which suggested that they had signed free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, to whom they have been linked in rumors for weeks:
It was quickly taken down. A few minutes ago, the team issued a statement:
That’s awful. I mean, it’s exactly what I would say if I had signed Eric Hosmer but then let the cat out of the bag too early, but if what they say is true, yes, that is awful. It’ll now likewise be awfully hard for them to answer some obvious questions that will come their way if they actually do sign Hosmer.
In other news, the Padres probably should change their password. Yes, “Padres123” is easy to remember, but it’s probably best to get something more secure.
The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.
For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.
While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”