Pitchers and catchers report in just a couple of weeks and first baseman Eric Hosmer is one of the many free agents still unsigned. According to Jon Morosi, his “camp” is still pushing for a contract of more than seven years.
Reports from earlier this month indicated that he had two seven-year offers on the table from the Padres and Royals. The Royals’ offer was believed to be for $147 million and the Padres’ for less than $140 million. The Royals recently traded Brandon Moss and now have an opening at first base, leading many to believe the trade was a precursor to a reunion between the two sides.
Hosmer, 28, hit .318/.385/.498 with 25 home runs, 94 RBI, and 98 runs scored in 671 plate appearances last season. He won his fourth Gold Glove and his first Silver Slugger in what was a career year.
It seems like there’s currently a power imbalance between the players and ownership, so it wouldn’t be shocking if Hosmer lowered his demands in order to get in a uniform in time for spring training.
The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, the teams announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Rays cleared a roster spot for Cron by designating outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment.
Cron wasn’t expected to factor prominently in the Angels’ plans for 2018, especially given the recent addition of pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani and the projected Luis Valbuena/Albert Pujols combo at first base. The 28-year-old infielder wasn’t overly impressive during his fourth season in Anaheim, either, slashing .248/.305/.437 with 16 home runs and 0.5 fWAR through 373 plate appearances in 2017. He’ll give the Rays a platoon option with fellow first baseman Brad Miller, though neither Cron nor Miller have looked particularly adept against left-handed pitching lately.
Dickerson, meanwhile, is coming off of a banner season with the Rays. The 29-year-old outfielder enjoyed his first All-Star nomination in 2017, rounding out the year with a .282/.325/.490 batting line and career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA. Some have already speculated that a trade is in the works; barring that, it’s a head-scratching move to make considering his clear offensive value to the team.