MLB rumors: Dom Smith stays in Mets' division with Nationals deal; Eric Hosmer to man first base for Cubs

The Major League Baseball offseason slogs along as it is now Jan. 3. We have a Hall of Fame statement coming later on this month (we covered A-Rod today, for those interested). The Carlos Correa scenario stays in limbo. Rafael Devers and the Red Sox prevented arbitration, though it eventually does not move the needle much on extension talks

As for the rest, let’s assemble the reports for the day. 

Cubs near handle Hosmer

The Chicago Cubs and veteran very first baseman Eric Hosmer are surrounding an agreement, Jon Heyman reports

Hosmer, 33, is coming off a 2022 season in which he slashed .268/.334/.382 (108 OPS+) with 8 crowning achievement in 108 video games for the Padres and Red Sox. For his profession, Hosmer, a one-time All-Star, owns an OPS+ of 108 throughout parts of 12 MLB seasons. He’ll most likely be the main very first baseman for the Cubs, possibly in a squad plan with Patrick Wisdom. 

Hosmer was designated for task by the Red Sox in December despite the fact that he has 3 years staying on his agreement. However, the Padres will cover the large bulk of the $39 million that Hosmer is owed through 2025. 

Nationals include previous divisional opponent

The Nationals have actually signed previous Mets initially baseman Dom Smith to a one-year, $2 million offer, reports Robert Murray. Smith is now 27 and was when a top-100 (as high as 51st, depending upon where you looked) possibility, however his stock has actually seen much better days.

In 197 plate looks in 2019, Smith struck .282/.355/.525 (132 OPS+) and after that slashed .316/.377/.616 (168 OPS+) in 199 PAs in 2020. It appeared like he was developing himself as an excellent big-league player. clubbing 21 crowning achievement with 31 doubles and 67 RBI to what totaled up to around 2/3 of a complete big-league season of plate looks. In the previous 2 seasons integrated, nevertheless, Smith struck .233/.298/.345 (78 OPS+) with simply 11 crowning achievement in a much-higher sample of 645 plate looks. 

In the Nationals’ scenario, it deserves a shot. He’s not old and has actually revealed he can strike MLB pitching in spurts. They didn’t truly have a very first baseman for 2023, either. They now aim to have the similarity Smith, Jeimer Candelario, Keibert Ruiz and Joey Meneses through the 3-6 areas of the lineup in some order. 

Twins linked to Wacha

The Twins have “expressed interest” in totally free representative beginning pitcher Michael Wacha, according to The Athletic.

Wacha had a hard time in 2019 and, honestly, was awful in 2020 and 2021. Last year with the Red Sox, however, he went 11-2 with a 3.32 AGE (127 AGE+), 1.12 WHIP and 104 strikeouts versus 31 strolls in 127 1/3 innings. He even tossed his very first total video game because 2017 with his 2nd profession nothing. 

The Twins’ present rotation consists of Sonny Gray, Joe Ryan, Tyler Mahle, Kenta Maeda and Bailey Ober. It would make because to offer Wacha a shot towards the back of a rotation like this. 

Orioles make small offer

The Orioles have actually traded for very first baseman/outfielder Ryan O’Hearn with money factors to consider returning to the Royals, reports MASN Sports

O’Hearn, 29, has actually struck .219/.293/.390 (83 OPS+) with -2.8 profession WAR throughout 5 seasons, all with the Royals. He’s just played the corner outfield areas and initially in the majors.

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