Eric Hosmer is no longer with the Kansas City Royals
It's the biggest deal in Padres history.
According to the San Diego Tribune, The average annual value of the eight-year deal is $18 million, the largest monetary commitment in Padres history.
The Padres had said they would be creative. The $144-million contract is believed to be front-loaded, which might make the opt-out more attractive for Hosmer.
The signing will push first baseman Wil Myers, whose six-year, $83 million deal signed in 2017 was the team’s biggest contract ever, to the outfield. Myers, who played with Hosmer briefly in Single-A while in the Royals’ system, has said he would be happy to move if it meant the Padres got Hosmer.
The 28-year-old Hosmer hit .318 with a .385 on-base percentage in 2017, both career highs. He hit 25 home runs in 2017, for the second season in a row.