Should a contract ensure playing time? This could be a bridge the Padres need to cross as an organization this season. Eric Hosmer inked an eight-year contract worth $144 million dollars in 2018. Last year, Hosmer appeared in 160 games with 72 runs, 22 home runs, 99 RBI and a .265/.310/.425 slash line over 667 plate appearances. He finished with a walk percentage of 6.0 and a 24.4 percent strikeout rate. His isolated power rose to .160 and he racked up a 20.8 home run per fly ball percentage. Not eye-popping numbers, but solid for Hosmer.

Beneath the 99 RBI, Hosmer turned in a career high 13.4 percent swinging strike rate, a 73 percent contact rate and an 84.9 percent Z-Contact (in the strike zone) rate. This marks back-to-back seasons with a reduced contact percentage for Hosmer. Already challenged with producing too many ground balls, it poses a problem for him hitting in the heart of the lineup going forward.

According to Statcast, Hosmer recorded 461 batted ball events...