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Red Sox acquire Eric Hosmer in trade with Padres

Boston sends Jay Groome to San Diego in exchange for Hosmer, two minor leaguers, and cash considerations.

Eric Hosmer
Eric Hosmer celebrates after hitting a home run against the Twins, July 29, 2022. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

The Red Sox acquired first baseman Eric Hosmer from the Padres in a four-player trade on Tuesday.

Boston sent 23-year-old pitching prospect Jay Groome to San Diego, receiving Hosmer, minor leaguers Max Ferguson and Corey Rosier as well as cash considerations from San Diego.

Earlier on Tuesday, Hosmer, 32, reportedly used his partial no-trade clause to opt out of a blockbuster trade that the Padres had agreed to with the Nationals involving superstar Juan Soto (a separate deal involving Soto to San Diego was eventually agreed to).

After rejecting a role in the Padres’ deal with the Nationals, the Red Sox “swooped in” to get Hosmer via trade.


Hosmer is in his 12th season in Major League Baseball. Through 1,644 career games, he’s hit .277 with a .765 OPS. He signed an eight-year contract worth $144 million in San Diego (then the largest deal in team history) in 2018.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Padres will “almost certainly” pay a “vast majority of remaining financial obligation to Hosmer.”

The Red Sox entered the trade deadline on Tuesday with a 52-52 record and are three games back of the final American League wild-card spot.


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