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Eric Hosmer signs long term deal with San Diego Padres

Eric Hosmer San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres signed Eric Hosmer on Saturday to an eight-year deal. The deal is rumored to be in the $140 million range, with Hosmer making $20 million a season for the first five seasons of the contract. Hosmer was a first-round draft pick in 2008 for Kansas City and spent all seven MLB seasons with the Royals. The four-time Golden Glove winner was looking for a long-term contract and the bidding seemed to be down to the Padres and Royals. The deal is front-end loaded with Hosmer making $13 million per year in the last three years of the contract. He does have the power to opt-out after five years.

Hosmer had a very solid 2017 campaign, hitting .318 and 25 home runs. Those numbers were good enough to win him the Silver Slugger award. He’s been solid since his rookie season in 2011 when he batted .293 and hit 19 home runs in 128 games. For his career, Hosmer sports a .284 batting average and .342 on base percentage. He had somewhat of a breakout season in 2017 where he batted .318, hit 25 home runs, and had a strong .385 OBP. At 28 years-old, his stock is rising which in turn, resulted in a very nice payday.

The deal is also in Hosmer’s favor. His agent, Scott Boras constructed the deal and was able to get the majority of the money in the first half of the contract. Basically, you can say Hosmer signed a five-year, $100 million deal with a $39 million insurance policy. The contract is the largest contract dealt in franchise history for the Padres. Kansas City did make an attempt to resign Hosmer, offering him a 7-year, $147 million contract last month.

The Padres finished fourth in the NL West in 2017 with a 71-91 record. Their seventh consecutive season with a losing record. San Diego also ranked dead last in the MLB with a .234 team batting average. They also ranked last with a .299 on base percentage. Adding a player like Hosmer will improve upon those poor numbers. His durability is also a plus. Hosmer played all 162 games for the Royals last season, with 157 of them at first base. He’s just as good of a fielder as he is a batter with a .995 career fielding percentage.

The MLB hot stove has turned up the heat in the past week. With spring training nearly here (already here for pitchers and catchers), teams are looking to sign the top free agents in order to be set for the 2018 MLB season.