Report: Padres exploring Hosmer trade
The Padres are projected to end the season above the competitive balance tax threshold of $210 million, according to Rosenthal and Lin. Getting rid of all or part of Hosmer's contract could be a way for San Diego to get under the tax line.
It appears Hosmer could be packaged with one of the Padres' top four prospects in a deal, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The 2016 All-Star is signed through the 2025 campaign after inking an eight-year, $144-million deal in February 2018. He also has a 10-team no-trade clause.
The 31-year-old is slashing .266/.330/.381 with eight homers and 48 RBIs across 92 games this season. He owns a .735 OPS over four years with the Padres.