Padres star Wil Myers has approved a potential move to the outfield in case San Diego signs free-agent star Eric Hosmer, the latest sign the Padres consider themselves a serious player for Hosmer.
Myers was recently called by Padres, team sources say, and he didn’t hesitate; the highest paid player in team history will not stand in the way for more Padres progress.
The Padres have been among the prime pursuers of Hosmer, but folks have understandably questioned the seriousness of their pursuit in light of their lack of a history of big-time contracts. Myers’ $83 million deal is by far the biggest in Padres history, and theoretically Hosmer could get double that, or more.
None of the big free-agent stars have signed yet. But word is the market for the top position players is moving faster than it is for the top starting pitchers.
The incumbent Royals have made no secret of the fact they’d like to keep Hosmer. The Red Sox and Cardinals are among other teams seen as potential landing spots for Hosmer, with the Angels, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Rangers or possibly Rockies among other teams looking at their first-base situations.
Hosmer is thought to be seeking a deal of great length (at least eight years) and close to $200 million. He was predicted here to win the biggest free-agent deal of the winter.
San Diego views Hosmer as the type of winning player and leader that would fit their young team, and though they aren’t seen as a likely contender this year, they see Hosmer, still only 28, as a long-term investment.
The Padres are also one of seven teams who are finalists for Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani, and might even be a favorite, though an Ohtani signing wouldn’t necessarily cause them to come off Hosmer. There would seem to be room for both stars on the team, even with Myers in the outfield.