UPDATE: Hosmer agrees to 8-year deal with San Diego Padres

UPDATE FEBRUARY 20: The San Diego Padres officially announced the signing of free-agent and former Kansas City Royal Eric Hosmer.

The eight-year deal is worth $144 million.

According to AJ Cassavell of MLB.com, Hosmer will wear No. 30 to honor Yordano Ventura. Ventura died in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic in 2017.

Right after the Padres announced the signing, the Royals tweeted their thanks to Hosmer.


Eric Hosmer is now a San Diego Padre. 

The news was first reported by Kevin Acee with the San Diego Union-Tribune. 

According to Jon Morosi with MLB Network, Eric Hosmer’s contract will be the largest in Padres history.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Padres current first baseman Wil Myers will be sent to the outfield. In 2017, Myers signed a six-year, $83 million deal. 

In his seven seasons in the league, Eric Hosmer has a career-batting average of .284 and has won four Gold Gloves. 

Hosmer was drafted 3rd overall by the Kansas City Royals in 2008.

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