By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The San Diego Padres have free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer to a contract. According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, he has received an eight-year deal from his new team.
Hosmer will reportedly have an opportunity to make $144 million over the lifetime of his deal. He also has an option to opt-out of the deal after five-years.
Hosmer, who reportedly had seven-year deals on the table for the Kansas City Royals, his former team, and the Padres, instead took this eight-year deal. The Padres, of course, had to up the contract to get the package done.
This is the largest deal ever handed down to a Padres player. The previous high went to Wil Myers, which was for $83 million.
Speaking of Myers, with Hosmer taking over as their first baseman, Myers will now transition back to the outfield.
Hosmer spent his first seven seasons with the Royals. Last season, his final in Kansas City, he played in a career-high 162 games.
He had a .318 batting average with 25 home runs and 94 RBIs. The 25 home runs tie his career-best from 2016.
In his career in 1,048 games, he has a .284 batting average with 127 home runs and 566 RBI’s.