PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the deal says free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer has reached preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract with the San Diego Padres, pending a physical.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because there had been no formal announcement of Hosmer’s signing, which would become official once he passes a physical early in the week. While the final position players reported Sunday — most were already in spring camp — Hosmer wasn’t expected until at least Monday.
Hosmer, who spent his first seven major league seasons with Kansas City, would receive a reported $144 million.
The 28-year-old, two-time Gold Glove winner hit a career-high .318 and matched his best from the previous season with 25 homers. He drove in 94 runs and scored 98 for the Royals last season. He also had a career-best .385 on-base percentage.