Eric Hosmer signs 8-year deal with Padres, per reports

  • Eric Hosmer signs 8-year deal with Padres, per reports

Eric Hosmer signs 8-year deal with Padres, per reports

The San Diego Padres and free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed to a deal, two sources said Saturday night.

When Hosmer hit free agency, the Padres and Royals were widely considered the favorites for his services. While the final position players reported Sunday - most were already in spring camp - ahead of Monday's first full-squad workout, Hosmer wasn't expected in the desert until at least Monday.

This would be the richest deal in the history of the Padres, surpassing the $83 million deal Wil Myers previously signed in 2017.

The terms haven't yet been revealed but Hosmer will reportedly get an eight-year deal per Jon Morosi of MLB.com, including an opt-out clause after five seasons.

Hosmer is in the prime of his career and was rumored to be looking for a multi-year deal.

Hosmer, 28, hit.318 with a.385 on-base percentage in 2017 for the Royals, both career highs.

Over his seven-year career in the Majors, Hosmer owns a.284 average with 206 doubles, 16 triples, 127 home runs and 566 RBIs. The Chicago Cubs signed Yu Darvish last week, but other stars like J.D. Martinez, Mike Moustakas, Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, Carlos Santana and Jonathan Lucroy remain unsigned.

He played in all 162 games previous year.

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