Source: Hosmer agrees to deal with San Diego


PEORIA, Ariz.

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.

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