The San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals have agreed in principle on a blockbuster trade involving Juan Soto and Josh Bell. Padres veteran Eric Hosmer is also reportedly part of the deal and is slated to go to the Nationals, but Washington is on Hosmer’s no-trade list and he must give approval for the trade to become official.
As of right now, that hasn’t happened:
Soto deal will not be official until Hosmer agrees to waive his no-trade stipulation to the Nationals. To this point he has not, according to a source. Negotiations almost certainly taking place.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 2, 2022
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 2, 2022
The assumption is that this Eric Hosmer holdup will be worked out, or at the very least the trade would be reworked to make sure it gets done. At this point, it would be a massive surprise if Soto and Bell don’t wind up with the Padres. But this deal isn’t totally done yet, and it’s because of this Hosmer situation.
Hosmer has been with the Padres since the 2018 season after spending the first seven years of his career with the Kansas City Royals. Hosmer went to his loan All-Star Game in 2016 as a member of the Royals.
The first baseman is now 32 years old and on the downside of his career. While Hosmer is still a decent player, San Diego wanted to dump his contract in order to make room for the stars coming in.