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Eric Hosmer | First Baseman | #30

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/24/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (3) / KC
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Padres signed 1B Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract.
Hosmer passed his physical Monday and the Padres have officially announced the deal. He will be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday. The contract contains an opt-out clause after five years, so the Padres are technically only on the hook for $105 million. Hosmer has failed to produce at a high level consistently at the plate, but he is coming off the best season of his career, having put up a .318/.385/.498 batting line with 25 home runs. He will push Wil Myers to a corner outfield spot. Feb 19 - 10:39 PM

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Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Eric Hosmer is at the Padres' spring training complex Monday in order to take his physical.

Assuming there aren't any red flags in the results, the Padres will make the contract with their new first baseman official and introduce Hosmer at a press conference Tuesday. Hosmer will make $105 million in the first five years of the deal ($5 million of that is a signing bonus) and $39 million in the three years after that if he doesn't exercise his opt-out.
Feb 19 - 4:31 PM

According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres have agreed to a deal with free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Finally, Hosmer is off the board. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that it's an eight-year deal with an opt-out after five years. Meanwhile, Scott Miller of Bleacher Report hears the deal is worth $144 million. Of course, it has been reported for weeks that Hosmer had seven-year offers from both the Padres and the Royals, but San Diego apparently upped the ante to get a deal done. The deal blows away the previous franchise record (Wil Myers - $83 million) for a signing. By the way, with the addition of Hosmer, the Padres will shift Myers back to the outfield.
Feb 17 - 11:26 PM

Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports that the Padres have engaged in "regular dialogue" with Eric Hosmer's agent, Scott Boras, over the past several days.

Lin adds that this contact followed a period where neither side was showing much urgency. Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a radio interview last week that he's had a lot of recent discussion with Hosmer, so barring a mystery team, this still appears to be a two-horse race. It's believed that the clubs each have seven-year offers on the table, with the Padres' reported offer checking in at around $140 million while the Royals' reported offer was estimated at around $147 million. Boras apparently hasn't given up on the possibility that the Padres could top it.
Source: The Athletic
Feb 12 - 1:21 PM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in an interview on Sports Radio 810 WHB in Kansas City on Monday that he's had "a lot of discussion over the last week" with Eric Hosmer.

"I can’t say we’ve made much progress, but whenever you’re talking that not a bad thing," Moore said. The GM added that club and the first baseman's agent, Scott Boras, have "exchanged contract numbers" but "it doesn’t make sense for a team like us to set the market on a player like Hosmer." Moore also reiterated that Hosmer is a "priority" for them. At this point the market for Hosmer appears to be the Royals and Padres, with both teams reportedly offering seven-year deals in the $140-147 million range (Kansas City's offer reportedly is higher). Boras is said to be seeking an eighth year for his client.
Feb 5 - 7:07 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, "Eric Hosmer's camp has continued pushing for" a contract of more than seven years.

Hosmer has a couple of seven-year offers on the table -- one from the Padres reportedly worth around $140 million and one from the Royals that is said to be worth $147 million -- but the 28-year-old free agent and his representatives are hoping a club will ultimately reach a little higher. Morosi notes that the Royals' capacity to pay Hosmer increased somewhat with Monday's trade of Brandon Moss. Hosmer posted a career-best .318/.385/.498 batting line with 25 home runs and 94 RBI over 162 games for Kansas City in 2017.
Jan 31 - 3:59 PM

Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler indicated during an appearance on The Mighty 1090 that the club isn't planning to make significant changes to their offer to free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.

It was reported earlier this month that the club made a seven-year offer to Homser valued at less than $140 million. They appear to be holding firm for now. "I think we were pretty creative in the way we put a contract proposal together," said Fowler. "We like it. I don’t know if Mr. Boras likes it, but that’s probably another story." The Royals are likely the Padres' primary competition for Hosmer's services, though the Cardinals have also been mentioned as a possibility. Scott Boras is known for being patient with these situations, but something will have to give here soon.
Jan 16 - 1:05 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune hears the Padres' seven-year offer to Eric Hosmer is for less than $140 million.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today pegged the offer right at $140 million in a report from Wednesday morning, but it sounds like the Padres haven't gone quite that high in their pursuit of the 28-year-old free agent first baseman. They might have to if they want to land him, as Nightengale also reported Wednesday that the Royals have made Hosmer a seven-year, $147 million offer to return to Kansas City. It's unclear where the Cardinals stand in all of this.
Jan 3 - 2:29 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Royals have offered Eric Hosmer a seven-year, $147 million contract.

That would be double the largest contract the Royals have ever given to one player. Nightengale also notes that the Padres have a seven-year, $140 million deal on the table for Hosmer -- exactly $1 million less per year than the offer from Kansas City. It's unclear where the Cardinals -- Hosmer's other known suitor -- sit in this market. The 28-year-old first baseman posted a career-best .318/.385/.498 batting line with 25 home runs and 94 RBI over 162 games for Kansas City in 2017. He also won his fourth career Gold Glove, though advanced defensive metrics don't love him quite as much as the voting bloc. We might finally see some movement soon among the game's top free agents.
Source: USA Today
Jan 3 - 9:23 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer has a seven-year offer from the Padres.

No word on the exact terms of the offer, but it would presumably blow away the franchise record (James Shields - four years, $75 million) for a free agent signing. The Padres have been mentioned as a prominent suitor for Hosmer all along, with the Royals and Cardinals also in the mix. Hosmer just turned 28 in October, so a seven-year deal would take him through his age-34 season. If the Padres were to sign him, they would move Wil Myers back to the outfield.
Source: USA Today
Jan 2 - 2:03 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Cardinals "remain involved" in pursuit of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.

The Cardinals already landed Marcell Ozuna this winter, but they are still trying to add another major piece to their lineup. The market has been incredibly slow, but Hosmer is still expected to receive one of the biggest contracts this offseason. Morosi hears that the Cardinals are also looking at third basemen, including the Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson. Matt Carpenter gives the club some flexibility for their plans. Scott Boras represents Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Greg Holland, all of whom could potentially fit with St. Louis.
Jan 2 - 12:33 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says the Royals are "looking like the Padres' main competition" for free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Crasnick notes that the Royals have been more focused on re-signing Hosmer than the club's other big free agents, Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas. Kansas City is in desperate need of a full organizational rebuild, so bringing back any of the three wouldn't make a whole lot of sense, but maybe the asking prices will fall into somewhat comfortable territory. Hosmer, 28, posted a career-best .318/.385/.498 batting line with 25 home runs and 94 RBI over 162 games in 2017. He also won his fourth career Gold Glove, though advanced defensive metrics aren't so kind to his play at first base.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 02:25:00 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale writes that the Padres have become the "clear-cut favorites" for free agent Eric Hosmer.

Nightengale says the Padres have had two face-to-face meetings with Hosmer and his camp, presumably at this week's Winter Meetings in Orlando. But this of course will all come down to money and agent Scott Boras offered no indication Wednesday in his annual scrum with the media that Hosmer has lowered his sky-high asking price. Nightengale notes that the Red Sox are also "lurking" on the 28-year-old first baseman, who posted a career-best .318/.385/.498 batting line with 25 home runs and 94 RBI over 162 games for the Royals in 2017. He also earned his fourth career Gold Glove, though advanced defensive metrics aren't as kind to him as the folks who vote on those awards.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 08:55:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that the Padres are "thinking big" and remain "strongly" in the mix for free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.

The Padres aren't messing around, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that members of the front office met with Hosmer last Thursday. Based on the early reports, they are the most aggressive team thus far. However, it's likely going to take a $100-plus million contract in order to land him. If the Padres were to sign Hosmer, they'd move Wil Myers back to the outfield.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 08:58:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals are getting discouraged about their pursuit of Eric Hosmer.

The club doesn't sound optimistic about their chances of retaining their star first baseman, noting that there are much larger contracts to be had elsewhere. Heyman points out though that they felt similarly two years ago regarding their chances of keeping Alex Gordon, and the outfielder wound up re-signing with the Royals.
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 01:50:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Austin Hedges
2A.J. Ellis
3Luis Torrens
4Rafael Lopez
5Stephen McGee
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Josh Naylor
2B1Carlos Asuaje
2Luis Urias
SS1Freddy Galvis
2Allen Cordoba
3Fernando Tatis Jr.
3B1Chase Headley
2Cory Spangenberg
3Christian Villanueva
LF1Jose Pirela
2Hunter Renfroe
3Alex Dickerson
4Allen Craig
CF1Manuel Margot
2Matt Szczur
3Travis Jankowski
RF1Wil Myers
2Shane Peterson
3Franmil Reyes
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Richard
2Luis Perdomo
3Dinelson Lamet
4Bryan Mitchell
5Tyson Ross
6Colin Rea
7Matt Strahm
8Robbie Erlin
9Joey Lucchesi
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Hand
2Kirby Yates
3Phil Maton
4Jose Torres
5Carter Capps
6Craig Stammen
7Buddy Baumann
8Kazuhisa Makita
9Jordan Lyles
10Colten Brewer
11Jose Castillo
12Miguel Diaz
13Brad Wieck
14Kyle McGrath