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Top Eric Hosmer News

  • Cubs' Eric Hosmer: Contact hitter so far this spring

    Hosmer has gone 6-for-21 (.286) in Cactus League action so far, though five of those hits have been singles.

    Hosmer has one double and no home runs in spring training. The consistent contact has been encouraging, but the lack of power could last into the regular season, as the first baseman hit a career-low eight long balls last year in 104 games. Hosmer should see regular playing time for the Cubs, and he'll have some fantasy value if he maintains a high average, though fantasy managers will surely want to see an uptick in home runs.

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  • Cubs' Eric Hosmer: Lands with Cubs

    Hosmer and the Cubs agreed to a contract Wednesday, Jesse Rogers of reports.

    The exact terms of Hosmer's deal with Chicago aren't clear, but the 33-year-old is presumably joining the Cubs on a short-term pact with the expectation that he settles in as the team's Opening Day first baseman. The addition of Hosmer could hurt top prospect Matt Mervis' chances of breaking camp with the big club, though Mervis could still be an option at the Cubs' unsettled designated-hitter spot. While splitting time between San Diego and Boston in 2022, Hosmer slashed a pedestrian .268/.334/.382 with a career-low eight home runs to go with 44 RBI and 38 runs.

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  • Eric Hosmer: Officially released by Boston

    Hosmer was released by the Red Sox on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    The 33-year-old was designated for assignment by the Red Sox last week and will now hit the open market. Hosmer appeared in 104 games last season between Boston and San Diego, and he had a .268/.334/.382 slash line with eight home runs, 44 RBI and 38 runs scored.

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  • Red Sox's Eric Hosmer: Designated for assignment

    Hosmer was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Friday.

    The Red Sox were only on the hook for the veteran minimum portion of Hosmer's salary after acquiring him at the trade deadline from the Padres. However, they've ultimately decided his 40-man roster spot is best used on another player, and he'll presumably be released after clearing waivers. Hosmer has posted a .725 OPS with 20 home runs over the last two seasons. With Hosmer out of the picture, Triston Casas has a clear path to the first base job.

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  • Red Sox's Eric Hosmer: Opting in

    Hosmer opted into the final three years and $39 million of his contract Tuesday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

    Hosmer signed an eight-year deal with the Padres prior to the 2018 season. While the contract allowed him to return to the open market after five years, his downturn in performance means that wouldn't be a wise move. Since signing the contract, he's hit .265/.325/.409. That's good for a league-average 100 wRC+, a mark that isn't good enough for a starting first baseman.

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  • Red Sox's Eric Hosmer: Makes return from IL

    The Red Sox reinstated Hosmer (back) from the 10-day injured list Monday.

    After a 38-game absence due to low-back inflammation, Hosmer will make his return to the Red Sox for the team's final three games of the regular season. The veteran won't be a lock to start all three games for Boston, as the Red Sox may prefer to stick with top prospect Triston Casas as their primary starter at first base.

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  • Red Sox's Eric Hosmer: To be activated Monday

    Hosmer (back) will be activated from the 10-day injured list Monday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    He's been on the shelf since Aug. 20 with back inflammation. Hosmer, who is under contract through 2025, has hit .267/.333/.381 with eight home runs in 102 games with the Padres and Red Sox this season. He hasn't played in any rehab games, but he has been hitting off the machine at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have Triston Casas and Bobby Dalbec already as options at first base and J.D. Martinez at designated hitter, so it's unclear how much action Hosmer will see over the final three days of the season.

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  • Red Sox's Eric Hosmer: Faces live pitching

    Hosmer (back) is scheduled to take live at-bats against Kutter Crawford (shoulder) in a simulated game Thursday, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

    Though manager Alex Cora hinted earlier this month that Hosmer could face an uphill battle to play again in 2022 while he contends with low-back inflammation, the veteran first baseman has apparently turned a corner in his recovery in recent days. Depending on how he responds to facing live pitching, Hosmer could be activated from the 10-day injured list by the end of the week, according to Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican. Once activated, Hosmer will likely share playing time at first base with top prospect Triston Casas.

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  • Red Sox's Eric Hosmer: Will return this season

    Manager Alex Cora said Sunday that Hosmer (back) will return to action by the end of the season, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    It was reported in early September the 32-year-old wasn't expected to retake the field this year with Boston out of playoff contention, but it appears that is no longer the case. Assuming Hosmer is in fact activated down the stretch, it's unclear how playing time will break down at first base between him and prospect Triston Casas.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 225 lbs
Birthplace: South Miami, FL
Age: 33
Experience: 11
Bats/Throws: L, L