It may have taken a little bit longer than most were expecting, but the Padres finally landed the star first baseman.
The unusual “Cold Stove” we’ve seen this offseason heated up late Saturday night, as Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the Padres signed longtime Royals’ first baseman Eric Hosmer to an eight-year contract.
It was later reported by Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Heyman that Hosmer will be paid $144 million, and his contract includes an opt-out after five years.
The move should surprise few, as the Padres were considered the favorite to sign Hosmer throughout the offseason. The next closest team in the hunt was Kansas City, but the Royals likely didn’t want to commit to that large of a contract with third baseman Mike Moustakas still available on the free agent market, according to Heyman.
The Padres are now expected to move first basman Wil Myers to the outfield to make room for Hosmer at first base.
Hosmer had a very good 2017 season, hitting .318/.385/.498 with 25 home runs and 94 RBIs. His park-adjusted OPS+ was 132, 32 percent better than league average, and he was worth 4 WAR. He also won his fourth Gold Glove award, as well as his first Silver Slugger.
The Padres already have a great farm system with seven players in the Top 100 according to MLB Pipeline, and with the addition of Hosmer to complement sluggers like Myers and Hunter Renfroe, this could be a dangerous team much sooner than many expect.