Red Sox DFA First Baseman Eric Hosmer
On Friday, the Boston Red Sox Designating for Assignment (DFA) first baseman Eric Hosmer. The move was made to make room for right-handed pitcher Wyatt Mills, who was acquired from the Kansas City Royals Friday evening.
This move marks the end of Hosmer’s 14-game career with the Red Sox. He was acquired back in August from the Padres for left-handed pitcher Jay Groome; San Diego also picked up Hosmer’s entire salary in the move.
After being acquired at the trade deadline last year, Hosmer only played 14 games due to an unfortunate back injury and finished with a .244 batting average and zero home runs.
What Does Designating For Assignment Mean?
Designating someone for assignment (DFA) means that they are removed from the 40-man roster and have either ten days or seven days to be traded, released, or placed on waivers depending on whether they were an active player or not when designated.
In this case, DFA’ing Hosmer allows the Red Sox to free up space on their 40-man roster to acquire Mills.
Eric Hosmer’s Contract Situation
After Hosmer decided not to opt-out of the remaining three years and $39 million on his contract, along with having full no-trade protection, the Red Sox found themselves in a difficult position when it came to trading him.
With first baseman Triston Casas set to take over first base in 2023, there was little need for Hosmer on the roster. So a DFA made the most sense for both Hosmer and the organization.
The Future Is Bright At First Base
Triston Casas‘ future seems extremely promising, as fans of the Red Sox can look forward to him becoming the team’s everyday first baseman in 2023. A role that he appears more than ready to take on following several years of development and a meteoric rise through the Minor League ranks.
During his brief stint in the big leagues in 2022, Casas showed excellent plate discipline and the ability to work deep counts. His glove is also a massive improvement from what Boston has seen over the past few seasons, probably since Mitch Moreland left. That’s something the Red Sox have desperately needed for a while now.
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