The San Diego Padres and Eric Hosmer have agreed to an eight-year deal, according to many ESPN reports.
This deal is worth $144 million, according to many ESPN reports, which would make it the largest contract in Padres franchise history.
Overall, Hosmer will make roughly $21 million a year with the contract that does include an opt-out clause after its fifth year.
The four-time gold glove winner will be joining a team in the midst of rebuilding with a bright future ahead of them. They have many young talents such as Wil Myers and Hunter Renfroe. This acquisition will likely bounce Myers to the outfield while adjusting the lineup accordingly.
The Padres’ farm system was ranked No. 3 in the MLB. Thus, they have a wealth of talent at their disposal to build up or trade for another marquee player to match Hosmer in the lineup.
Last season, Hosmer hit a career-high .318 with the Kansas City Royals while adding 25 home runs with 94 runs scored and a .385 on base percentage.
Hosmer arrived in Kansas City with a group that brought consecutive World Series’ appearances to the city including a championship in 2015. Along with Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar all hit free agency this offseason and will officially disband one of the most successful nucleus’ the Royals have ever showcased in their franchise history.