The San Diego Padres signed Eric Hosmer to a whopping eight-year, $144 million deal ahead of the 2018 season.
They probably regretted doing it a year or two into the deal.
He had World Series pedigree having reached the Fall Classic two years in a row in 2014 and 2015, winning the latter.
However, he was never a true elite hitter, at least not to the extent that he deserved that kind of pact.
The Padres did it anyway, and only a few years after putting ink to paper, they were discussing the possibility of tying a prospect to Hosmer for any team to get off their hands.
His career with the Padres ended when the team was able to ship him to the Boston Red Sox on deadline day just over a week ago.
WAR thinks Hosmer is barely a substitute-level player
If we watch Hosmer’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) as Padre, we understand why the team was so eager to get rid of him and his atrocious contract.
“Jurickson Profar in 106 games this season: 2.7 fWAR. Eric Hosmer’s entire Padres career (596 games): 0.5 fWAR,” tweeted baseball writer Nick Lee.
Jurickson Profar in 106 games this season: 2.7 fWAR
Eric Hosmer’s entire Padres career (596 games): 0.5 fWAR
—Nick Lee (@NickLee51) August 11, 2022
Wins Above Replacement, or WAR, is a stat that takes into account hitting, fielding, and base running contributions and results in a single number that gauges how well a player helps his team compared to a player’s ” replacement level”.
A good player usually ends a season with at least 3 WARS: 5 WARS is star territory, and anything above 6 or 7 WARS means an MVP-caliber performance.
In four and a half seasons in San Diego, Hosmer contributed to only half a WAR.
His contract was a huge disappointment and forced the Padres to bring in first baseman Josh Bell at the deadline.