Source: Hosmer agrees to deal with San Diego
A person with direct knowledge of the deal says free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer has reached preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract with the San Diego Padres, pending a physical.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because there had been no formal announcement of Hosmer’s signing, which would become official once he passes a physical early in the week. While the final position players reported Sunday — most were already in spring camp — Hosmer wasn’t expected until at least Monday.
Hosmer, who spent his first seven major league seasons with Kansas City, would receive a reported $144 million.
The 28-year-old Hosmer batted a career-high .318 in 2017 and matched his best from the previous season with 25 home runs.