Let’s be honest.
When you see something indicating that the San Diego Padres are internally discussing the possibility of signing Eric Hosmer, you get excited. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently published a piece stating that the baseball operations department of the Padres is indeed discussing Eric Hosmer. They are certainly kicking the tires on the first baseman.
As a starved Padre fan, you can only hope that the team is about to spend money on the open market. Or can you?
The future of this team is bright, but it is just that… the future. The present Padre squad is not ready to compete, and rightfully so, as the roster is full of young developing players. Bringing in Eric Hosmer, a former World Series Champion, will not guarantee success. If you bring in all-star caliber talent and surround them with youth and inexperience, you are asking for trouble.
Contrary to what Ron Fowler has recently said on local airwaves, the Padres do not have the goal of .500 for next season. Or at least they shouldn’t have that goal. You either play for it all, or you play for a higher draft pick. Plain and simple. Finishing in the middle is pointless. Padres fans have been there. Its time to move on.
Ron Fowler was on the air, trying to sell tickets. Trying to show fans that he is passionate about winning. There is no doubt in my mind that he is tired of losing, but even he has to realize that the Padres need to be patient. Their time is finally coming. After years of incompetence, the team has a direction.
If you have rooted for this team for any extended period, you realize how useless the front office has been from time to time. Making horrible trades, just to do it, has been a common theme over the years. Andrew Cashner for Anthony Rizzo and Ryan Ludwick for Corey Kluber were both horrendous trades for the franchise.
Bad trades happen. That is part of the game. But the team has also failed to entertain free agents that are a fit for the team, while at the same time signing the likes of Jered Weaver and James Shields. Eric Hosmer would be another blunder. The Padres have also been historically miserable cultivating talent from within their farm system. Year after year, the farm produced nothing but mediocre players. That already has changed as Hunter Renfroe, Austin Hedges, Franchy Cordero, and Dinelson Lamet are the first wave of homegrown talent that has arrived at the major league level. More are on the way as well, and with that, there is a definite sense that this A.J. Preller regime will deliver.
The Padres are indeed kicking the tires on Eric Hosmer, but do not expect anything from this.
Read the signs on the wall. The San Diego Padres realize they are rebuilding. They know that the time is not right to go for it. With the Dodgers presently loaded, the Giants still dangerous, and the Rockies and Diamondbacks surging, the team wisely should not push all their chips in quite yet.
Eric Hosmer makes sense in that the team desperately needs a left-handed bat in the middle of their order. I get that. He makes sense as he absolutely rakes at Petco Park (15-34 .441 with three home runs in 34 at bats) and is still relatively young (28). But on the open market, his asking price will easily exceed $100 million dollars in total. The Padres should want absolutely nothing to do with that. The team might have money to spend, but now is not the time.
All this talk of Hosmer is carefully placed into the media to reflect that the team is “doing things”. The Padres are very well capable of making a blockbuster trade this winter, but they will not, and should not, spend any substantial amount of money (unless it is on Shohei Otani). And even then, with their $300,000 spending limit on him, they would need a miracle to obtain the Japanese “Babe Ruth“.
Go buy your tickets. This Padre team will be exciting to watch. They are young and they will provide plenty of great action. But like all young players, there will be growing pains, and they can be unbearable to watch from time to time. Even though the 2018 season might be rough for Padre fans, they can take solace that the horizon is bright. It just won’t contain Eric Hosmer.