The San Diego Padres are clearly looking to return to the postseason. With a pitching staff that has a chance to be amongst the best in the majors, and a lineup filled with plenty of firepower, there is no reason to expect that they will replicate their disappointing performance from 2021.
At the same time, the Padres have some dead weight on their roster. They were willing to attach a top prospect to move Eric Hosmer at the trade deadline last year. Now, according to Mark Feinsand, they are desperately attempting to trade Hosmer and Wil Myers.
San Diego Padres trying to dump dead weight
It is not a surprise that Myers is now on this list as well. The Padres had reportedly been looking to move on from him in the past, especially as his salary went up. However, he was moved to the back burner with their quest to trade Hosmer.
Myers may be the easier of the two to trade. While he is due $20 million this season, it is the last year of his deal. He produced a solid enough .256/.334/.434 batting line in his 500 plate appearances, hitting 17 homers and 24 doubles. Add in his ability to play either corner outfield position and first base, and Myers could be a fit for quite a few teams.
Hosmer is going to be a much more difficult proposition. Not only does he have four years left on his contract and is due $59 million, but his production has fallen off. He produced a mediocre .269/.337/.395 batting line in his 565 plate appearances, hitting 12 homers and 28 doubles. It is no wonder that the Padres were willing to attach a top prospect to him in order to facilitate a trade.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. There are plenty of teams that believe they are going to contend in 2022 that need to fill holes on their roster. The corner outfield market has plenty of options in free agency, but teams may not be willing to spend that much. Likewise, with how many teams are looking for first basemen, there is a chance that Hosmer could find a new home. It may not be likely, but there is a chance.
The San Diego Padres are desperately trying to trade Wil Myers and Eric Hosmer. As unlikely as it may seem, a trade could happen.