The saga of Eric Hosmer and the blockbuster Juan Soto

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Eric Hosmer of the San Diego Padres gestures as he runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the New York Mets in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 22, 2022 in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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The final hours before the Major League Baseball trade deadline are often a crazy time for the league, but Tuesday was crazier than usual.

Late in the morning, news broke that Washington was trading star outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell to San Diego for shortstop CJ Abrams, pitcher MacKenzie Gore, as well as minor leaguers Robert Hassell III, James Wood and Jarlin Susana.

Another player San Diego planned to send to the Nationals was a former Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer.

But Hosmer had to waive his no-trade clause (which included Washington). This, at first, seemed like it could torpedo the deal.

But soon after, it became apparent that with or without Hosmer’s approval, the trade would be over.

It was a good thing the trade didn’t depend on Hosmer’s approval, because he vetoed being part of the deal.

After leaving Kansas City following the 2017 season, Hosmer signed an eight-year, $144 million contract with San Diego. He is expected to win $13 million per year from 2023-25.

Hosmer is batting .272 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs in 90 games this season.

The Padres have been actively trying to get rid of his contract (and his bat), but it looks like Hosmer won’t be joining former Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar in Washington.

Will the Padres find another team to take Hosmer? Fans should find out by the end of Tuesday.

This story was originally published August 2, 2022 12:49 p.m.

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