Mets Rumors

Mets shouldn’t even think about first baseman Eric Hosmer

By Haddar Kaplun
Apr 8, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) watches after hitting a home run during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) watches after hitting a home run during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Kansas City Royals have begun the season very poorly, and sitting at just a 2-5 record, it’s not unlikely that if they continue to perform poorly, they could eventually be sellers. Should the Mets take notice?

One player they may look to move is first baseman Eric Hosmer, but should the Mets be interested?

In short, no. While some sports insiders have tried to revive a speculative rumor about Hosmer, and a few teams, there’s really nothing of substance to consider, but we’ll take a look at some reasons why this wouldn’t make sense any way.

First of all, Hosmer is performing at a very poor level offensively. Even if you consider his defensive abilities, the Mets already have a first baseman that can play the position in Lucas Duda and a prospect in Dominic Smith that can also play great defense.

But about the offense, Hosmer has gotten off to a very slow start, as he is hitting a mere 5-28, good for a .179 average. Obviously it’s still early, but if you look to last year too, Hosmer’s WAR is a combined -0.4 in the past two seasons. Not only are Hosmer’s offensive numbers nothing to brag about, but the Mets also do not need him.

Currently, Lucas Duda, is not doing especially well himself (.222 avg with a homer), but when healthy, he’s pretty good. Duda brings the same type of defense to the team as Hosmer would bring, and both of them will be free agents by the end of the year.

The Mets also have Dominic Smith ready to take over once Duda leaves, assuming the Mets and him don’t work out a new deal, of course.

Dominic Smith is the Mets 2nd best prospect, and has shown flashes of stardom in the minors so far, hitting .368 with to doubles through 19 at bats.

Lastly, Hosmer wouldn’t come cheap.If the Royals really are in rebuilding mode, they are going to ask for a lot of young pieces, and the Mets should not even consider it.

Next: Mets: The good and bad of Jay Bruce’s power

Dominic Smith is the future first baseman of this franchise, and he’ll be raking in Queens before we know it.

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