Former All-Star Becomes Free Agent After Release

In one of the more unsurprising developments of the offseason, no team stepped in with a waiver claim of Boston Red Sox first baseman Eric Hosmer who was DFA'd last week. He was still owed $39M on his massive $144M deal signed in 2018. 

He now becomes a free agent and any club is free to take a shot on him at the MLB minimum. Hosmer will continue to be paid that remaining $39M by the San Diego Padres (part of their agreement when they dealt him to the Red Sox at the trade deadline). 

Hosmer's line in Boston consisted of 14 games, no home runs, four RBIs and a .631 OPS.

The now-33-year-old won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals in 2015, and was an All-Star in 2016. He was a four-time Gold Glove winner as well. The Padres then signed him to a massive free agent contract in 2018 of 8-years, $144M, only to see his production drop off significantly and immediately from his time in KC. 

Hosmer still sports an overall lifetime batting average of .277, with a .764 OPS. He'll now try to recapture some of his earlier success with a new team. 

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