The New York Yankees have officially acquired NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins in exchange for Starlin Castro and two prospects, Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers. The Yankees have undoubtedly put together the scariest lineup in the MLB and have paired Stanton with the only player who even comes close to the amount power he has in Aaron Judge. This deal, for now, has propelled the Yankees as the clear-cut winner of the AL East. Now it is time for the Boston Red Sox to respond with an acquisition of their own to try to compete with the modern day Murderer’s Row. Eric Hosmer is the answer.
Eric Hosmer is one of the best free agent bats on the market.
— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) December 7, 2017
While Eric Hosmer has nowhere near the power that Stanton possesses, he is the best possible option that the Red Sox can get in terms of production. The trio of him, Mike Moustakas, and Lorenzo Cain created a potent offense that led the Royals to consistent playoff trips and a World Series trophy in 2015. Hosmer is a career .284 hitter to go along with four Gold Glove Awards, a Silver Slugger, and an All-Star game appearance.
This past year, he had arguably the best season of his career and the first full season in his seven years of MLB service. He owned a slash line of .318/.385/.498 that created a career-best .882 OPS. He also set a single-season career-high with 192 hits, tied his career best by slugging 25 home runs, and drove in 94 runs. 2017 was the perfect year for Hosmer to surge, as he is now highly touted by several teams in this year’s free agency.
Although Hosmer does not put up the type of numbers that Stanton does, the stats show that he has been a steady and reliable contributor during his tenure with the Kansas City Royals. He has only put up over 100 RBI’s in one season, but that is because the offense also had Cain and Moustakas. The three of them had a shared the leadership role in offensive production.
In 2017, five players appeared in 162 regular-season games, the most since 2008.
The players were Alcides Escobar, Freddy Galvis, Eric Hosmer, Rougned Odor, and Joey Votto.
— High Heat Stats (@HighHeatStats) November 27, 2017
Now that Hosmer will most likely be separated from the trio, he will be able to take the lead by himself for the Red Sox as the premier hitter on the team. As the leader of the Red Sox offense, his power numbers would significantly increase. Pesky Pole, known as the short fence in right field, will be advantageous to a left-handed hitting Hosmer and will propel him to have 30+ home run years. He will slowly turn into a player that is known for more than just his stellar defense and will put up even better offensive years than 2017.
As the Red Sox have indicated since the beginning of the offseason, they need more power in the lineup. Hanley Ramirez was supposed to be that type of hitter, but struggled mightily and had one of the worst seasons of his career. The Red Sox need to move on from Ramirez and find a new source of power that Ramirez can feed off of. Given the Yankees’ acquisition of Stanton, it gives the Sox more reason than ever to pursue Eric Hosmer. If the Red Sox can land him for the right price, they will see a new leader emerge on the team and will have the most adequate answer possible to Giancarlo Stanton.