It now looks like the Boston Red Sox need to make some moves before the season begins. After losing in the first round of the playoffs over the last two seasons it was clear that they weren’t good enough to win another World Series Championship. Now that the New York Yankees, their biggest rivals, who were one win away from being in the World Series, just traded for the best home run hitter in the league, Giancarlo Stanton, the Red Sox desperately need to get better. There are a few positions they could improve and a few ways to accomplish that. One way they could improve is by signing free agent first basemen, Eric Hosmer to the team.
Hosmer is coming off the best two years of his career with the Kansas City Royals. In 2016, he batted .266 with 25 home runs and 104 runs batted in. In 2017, he batted a career-high .318 with 25 home runs and 94 runs batted in. Those are two solid years that with that output would definitely improve what the Red Sox got last year in Mitch Moreland in every category.
Hosmer also is very durable. He played in all 162 games last season and has played more than 152 games in five of his seven years in the MLB, and one of those years was his rookie season. Defensively, Hosmer is incredible. He has won the gold glove award at first base, four of the last five seasons. Not only can Hosmer hit 25 home runs a year he will also play in a ton of games and play great defensively.
Hosmer will be a huge upgrade for the Red Sox at first base. He can do a little of everything, hit for contact, hit for power, play great defense, and play in a lot of games. It is clear that the Red Sox need some improvements to be able to make it deeper into the playoffs, and adding Hosmer will definitely help close the gap a little.
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