MLB Rumors: Free Agent Eric Hosmer Signs Eight-Year Deal With Padres

The San Diego Padres and free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed to an eight-year contract, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

Prior to Hosmer's reported deal, Myers' six-year, $83 million contract signed in 2017 was the largest pact in Padres history.

Hosmer is coming off of a career year in which he hit.318 with 25 home runs.

When Hosmer hit free agency, the Padres and Royals were widely considered the favorites for his services.

Hosmer, 28, joins a rebuilding Padres team that includes young sluggers Wil Myers and Hunter Renfroe. He also helped the Royals reach back-to-back World Series, including beating the Mets in 2015. He set personal bests in average, OPS, and slugging percentage.

He was an All-Star in 2016 and has won four Gold Gloves.

Twins trade for Odorizzi • Minnesota acquired righthanded pitcher Jake Odorizzi from the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league infielder Jermaine Palacios, securing some needed depth for their rotation.

For the likes of Darvish and Hosmer, it was just a matter of time until their new teams were ready to hand the big money. The deal reportedly includes an opt-out after the fifth season. Hosmer was excellent a year ago but he also just had his best season.


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