Padres Sign Eric Hosmer to Eight-Year Deal

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According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres have agreed to a deal with free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Whatever the case may be, it appears we have some long-awaited movement on the free agent market. The deal reportedly includes an opt-out after the fifth season. Questions about Hosmer's bat holding up over the course of the entire contract scared off some teams, but agent Scott Boras wasn't budging. The Boston Red Sox passed on Hosmer, sticking with Mitch Moreland for a two-year, $13 million deal. The deal is pending a physical, which is scheduled to take place Monday.

Hosmer hit.318/.385/.498 with 25 home runs and 31 doubles for the Kansas City Royals in 2017, and has averaged 29 doubles and 23 home runs over the last three seasons, with a 119 OPS+ during that span.

He was an All-Star in 2016 and has won four Gold Gloves. Signing Hosmer shows some much-needed direction for the Padres, who finished 71-91 last season - their seventh consecutive season below.500.

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