San Diego Padres: Four Affordable Free-Agents Friars Should Pursue

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 17: U.S. military members line the field on Military Opening Day before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks at PETCO Park on April 17, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 17: U.S. military members line the field on Military Opening Day before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks at PETCO Park on April 17, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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There is a very long list of free-agents still available this offseason. The San Diego Padres can’t wait around forever for Eric Hosmer to make up his mind. Let’s talk about four cheaper, alternative options the Friars could pursue.

A lot has been made over the lack of free-agent signings made by MLB teams during this offseason. The causes-and-effects of that situation is for another article another day. The San Diego Padres have an array of options to fill out their roster.

Eric Hosmer has been the most talked about free-agent target for the Padres thus far. But as I said yesterday, Hosmer may not be the right player for the Friars to sign to a long-term deal. For the cost and length of the contract that it would take to lock Hosmer up, that money could be better spent in other areas.

Having a team full of young, inexpensive players in 2020 with Eric Hosmer’s albatross of a contract hanging over this team could seriously hinder the Padres chances of making the most of their long, arduous quest to bring the Friars to the forefront of the baseball world.

Let’s take a look at four cost-effective alternative free-agent options that the San Diego Padres could possibly explore instead of Eric Hosmer.

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