Eric Hosmer: All I ever wanted was to win a championship in San Diego – Yardbarker

The Padres attempted to move Eric Hosmer at last month’s trade deadline, and although they were unsuccessful, the first baseman’s future in San Diego is uncertain. 

While he’s unsure of what the future holds, Hosmer told Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports that he doesn’t want to leave the Padres because all he’s ever wanted was to deliver a World Series title to San Diego. 

“I know it’s part of the business,” Hosmer said, “but I don’t want to leave. I created a lot of relationships here with a lot of people in this organization and a lot of people at Petco Park. I want to see this thing through and bring a championship here to San Diego.

“That’s all I ever wanted.”

Hosmer joined the Padres in 2018 when they were one of the worst teams in the National League. San Diego included him in package talks for then-Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo and a package for a potential deal with the Chicago Cubs this summer.

Hosmer has given everything to the franchise and admitted he was relieved when the trade deadline passed and he wasn’t moved. 

“It would have stung,” he said. “Eventually I would have gotten over it, and moved on, but it definitely would have stung.”

Hosmer’s San Diego teammates didn’t want him to leave, either. Manny Machado told USA Today that he would’ve been upset if the Padres traded the four-time Gold Glover because he changed the team’s culture. 

“I wouldn’t have been happy at all if he had left,” Machado said. “He started this whole winning thing. When he came over here, he changed the organization’s culture. This is all on him.

“When we do win one, he’s going to be a big part of it.”

Entering Sunday, Hosmer was hitting .278/.340/.399 this season with 10 home runs and 53 RBI in 109 games. He hasn’t won any significant awards since 2017 when he won his fourth Gold Glove and first Silver Slugger award with the Kansas City Royals, but he’s still been a solid contributor for the Padres.

The 31-year-old is in the fourth year of an eight-year, $144 million contract. He won’t be a free agent until after the 2025 season. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master’s Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.