Hey, the hot stove really kicked on tonight, didn’t it? First the Rays make a few moves, and now a huge free agent signing out west. After months – and months – of pursuit, the San Diego Padres finally got their new first baseman for some reason.
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) February 18, 2018
Per the report, the terms aren’t yet out on the deal but it will “certainly be the largest monetary commitment in Padres history.” I joke about the Padres making this move right now, when they project to be waaay down in the NL West cellar, but you can only sign a guy when he’s available. And the Padres clearly wanted Hosmer, specifically, so they did what it took to make it happen. At 28, Hosmer could theoretically still be quite useful for a long time, though he’s alternated very good and very terrible seasons since he joined the league in 2011.
It’ll be interesting to see how much the first major Scott Boras client gets after an entire offseason on the sidelines. Hosmer was believed to be sitting on a couple $100 million-plus offers from the Padres and Royals. Other suitors, if any, were unclear at this point.
UPDATE: Well, he got his eight years:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 18, 2018
UPDATE 2: I am not here for the drama tonight:
Source says Hosmer/Padres deal isn’t quite done yet, but “It’s getting close.”
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 18, 2018
I’m sure it’ll get done eventually. T’s to cross and all that. The deal is similar to the one that Jason Heyward got from the Cubs insofar as it’s going to get a ton of scrutiny for its length and size, and there are strong differences of opinion on how much value the player would provide going forward. Heyward, though, was only 26 when he signed his deal.
UPDATE 3: The price tag is basically on the high end of what was expected at this point:
Eric Hosmer total package: 8 years, $144 million with opt out after five years. He will be paid $105,million the first 5 years
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 18, 2018