Hello baseball fans! Some of the latest talk within Cardinals Nation has been regarding Eric Hosmer the past few days. And following Jim Hayes’ great interview with MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian, where the TV host stated he would be surprised if Hosmer did not wind up in St. Louis, I will go ahead and put my thoughts out there.
Hosmer, 28, has played all seven years of his major league career with the Kansas City Royals, hitting a total of 127 home runs, with 566 runs batted in, and an overall batting average of .284. This past season, Hosmer hit 25 home runs, with 94 runs batted in, and an average of .318 over 162 games played.
Up to this point in the offseason, it has been widely reported that the San Diego Padres have offered a seven-year deal to Hosmer. Recently, Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler acknowledged the teams pursuit of Hosmer in a radio interview. Saying, “We’ve had a lot of dialogue on it — [GM A.J. Preller, manager Andy Green and assistant GM Josh Stein] obviously lead the discussions as it relates to players,” said Fowler. “They talked to me probably six months or so ago when they looked at who the free agents would be for 2018. They like him. They like his makeup, they like his leadership in the clubhouse, and obviously they like him as an athlete. We met with him, and he’s a very impressive individual.”
Only recently have I really started to think of the idea of Eric Hosmer being a nice fit for St. Louis. And before I get too far into this, who even knows if the Cardinals may actually be interested. Because, we know the front office isn’t going to come out and admit that they are in a radio interview. If the Redbirds are in on the free-agent first baseman, then we probably won’t here of it until it happens.
On MLB Network Radio, Eduardo Perez noted that if Hosmer wanted to play in San Diego then he probably would’ve already agreed to their seven-year offer, but that he may be a bit nicer with St. Louis, being a contending team. Perez also made note that with the Cardinals spring training facilities being in Jupiter, Florida, Hosmer would be closer to his home in South Miami, rather than where he is used to being, in Arizona. Not to mention that Hosmer most likely knows how the Cardinals do things, playing his Kansas City team a few times every single year, and is real familiar with the midwest.
I don’t think Hosmer would be a bad fit with the Cardinals, but it would obviously make a trade involving a current infielder necessary. A name that comes to my mind first, is Mr. Matt Carpenter. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t think adding Hosmer to the lineup would hurt the team. So, without rambling on further, I want Cardinal Nation’s opinion.
DO YOU THINK ERIC HOSMER IS A GOOD FIT IN ST. LOUIS?
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