The Chicago Cubs reportedly targeted the first base pick, not Trey Mancini.
The Chicago Cubs have made some big moves this season to help the team return to competition. Their main addition was Dansby Swanson on a seven-year contract, while they brought in former 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger on a one-year deal. While these were huge signings, the team still had a need at first base, a void that Anthony Rizzo has left since 2021.
It looks like the team is closing in on their first baseman, and no, it’s not Trey Mancini.
FanSided MLB insider Robert Murray has heard Eric Hosmer, former Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres starting linebacker, talking to the Cubs, and a deal could be close.
John Hyman of the New York Post He was the first to report that Hosmer was “on the radar” for the Cubs.
Cubs rumours: Chicago talks with former Royals, Padres 1B Eric Hosmer
Hosmer notably began his career with the Royals, displaying his hitting ability, most notably his defensive ability at first base. In his seven years at Kansas City, Hosmer won four Gold Glove Awards. He also helped the Royals win a World Series in 2015, their second in franchise history.
In 2018, Hosmer signed a lucrative eight-year, $144 million contract extension with the Padres. He didn’t have the accolades like he did at Kansas City, but he put up strong numbers in the batter’s box. Last season, Hosmer was supposed to be in the Juan Soto-Josh Bell trade between the Padres and Washington Nationals, but he used a no-trade clause. He was eventually dealt to the Boston Red Sox, and the Padres paid most of the remaining money owed on his contract.
Hosmer optioned out his contract with Boston for the 2023 season in early November, but was set for assignment on December 16.
268 batting average, 334 on-base percentage, 382 slugging percentage, eight home runs, 44 RBI and 102 hits over 104 games.