Padres first baseman Wil Myers said he would be fine moving to the outfield if the club were to sign free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
Myers, 26, played mostly in the outfield with the Rays in 2013-14 and didn’t start seriously playing first base until 2016 with the Padres. Defensive metrics have generally painted Myers as a below average defender in the outfield and above average at first base, so the Padres would be losing a bit by making the switch.
Heyman suggests the Padres have been among the “prime pursuers” of Hosmer, but notes that Hosmer may get a contract well into the nine figures. Myers signed the biggest contract in Padres history earlier this year, a six-year, $83 million extension. Adding Hosmer would likely require the Padres to loosen the purse strings more than ever before.
Last season, Myers hit .243/.328/.464 with 30 home runs, 74 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 649 plate appearances. With the Royals, Hosmer hit .318/.385/.498 with 25 home runs, 94 RBI, and 98 runs scored in 671 trips to the plate.
ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.
The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.
“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”
He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.
Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.
His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.
He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.
Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.
He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.