Chicago Cubs News: Grading the team's offseason additions

Rich Eberwein
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Eric Hosmer: C

I anticipate Eric Hosmer will not be on the Cubs very long. Although he provides a veteran presence in the clubhouse and has been around winning teams for a long time, his production at the plate has dropped at an alarming rate recently. Last season, Hosmer hit a disappointing 8 home runs with just 44 RBIs. It is also not very encouraging that the Padres were willing to eat the vast majority of the $44 million Hosmer is owed for the next three years just to get him off their roster.

The bright side is the Cubs are only on the hook to pay Hosmer $720,000 in 2023. But with the addition of Mancini and depth in the form of Cody Bellinger and Patrick Wisdom, not to mention Matt Mervis is knocking on the big-league door, I don’t expect Hosmer to have a long tenure at the Friendly Confines.

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