ESPN The San Diego Padres and free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed to an eight-year contract, according to ESPN and multiple reports. The deal is worth $144 million, which would be the largest in Padres franchise history, according to multiple reports. The deal was first reported Saturday night by the San Diego-Union Tribune. The contract is heavily front-loaded and includes an opt-out clause after the fifth year, according to reports. Hosmer will make $21 million annually over the first five years of the deal, according to FanRag Sports.
The San Diego Padres must think they are a lot closer to contending for a World Series than the rest of us do, because they signed 28-year-old first baseman Eric Hosmer to a massive contract, which is worth $144 million over eight seasons. Eric Hosmer has played his entire career with the Kansas City Royals, with whom he won the 2015 World Series, and where he was a one time All-Star winning the 2016 All-Star Game MVP. Eric Hosmer won the 2017 Silver Slugger Award, and has four Gold Gloves, but he was expected to sign with a team that is closer to contending than the Padres. Good for Hosmer, although he probably will not be in the playoffs, he will be making a ton of money in the most desirable city in America San Diego. Hosmer has his ring, now he gets his cash, while getting to enjoy the beach and the sun. Not a bad deal.