San Diego Padres: 3 possible landing spots for Eric Hosmer

Aug 30, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer (30) celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 30, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer (30) celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /
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Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers have shown that they are looking to contend soon. They were one of the busiest teams in the game prior to the lockout, revamping the middle of their infield and adding Jon Gray to the rotation.

But the Rangers still need help in multiple areas. One spot that they have been reportedly looking to upgrade is first base, where Nate Lowe had a solid, if somewhat uninspiring, performance last year. As he is just 26 years old, it is possible that he will improve over the next few seasons.

With that being the case, it is difficult to imagine that Eric Hosmer would be an upgrade. However, this deal would be more about what the San Diego Padres would send with Hosmer to Texas. If the Rangers can land another arm, such as Chris Paddack, along with a solid prospect, a trade may well be worth exploring.

Hosmer could also help the Rangers in other ways. He has postseason experience and won a World Series with the Royals. That is something that the Rangers are lacking on their roster, even with Corey Seager being brought on board. Those intangibles could be worth the deal as well.

The Texas Rangers are looking to upgrade at first base. While Eric Hosmer may not be that, the rest of the package and his intangibles could make a difference.