Eric Hosmer fallout: Padres reportedly getting trade calls on Hunter Renfroe

Emmett Rice
February 20, 2018

The Padres and free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed to a deal, reports The San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee. The deal is reportedly worth $144 million over eight years.

Hosmer, 28, spent the first seven years of his career with the Kansas City Royals.

In Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, Davis hit a tying, two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning off Aroldis Chapman before the Indians lost in the 10th to the Cubs.

When Hosmer hit free agency, the Padres and Royals were widely considered the favorites for his services. Hosmer was excellent past year but he also just had his best season.

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It's been years since the Padres were part of the conversation - they last appeared in the playoffs after winning back-to-back division titles in 2005-06 -and the drought may very well still be a few seasons from ending.

The Kansas City Royals now have an opening at first base.

Losing Hosmer in free agency no doubt hurts the Royals, who also saw standout center fielder Lorenzo Cain and star pitcher Jason Vargas sign with Milwaukee and the New York Mets, respectively. After this successful season, Hosmer finished 24th in MVP voting. Back-to-back American League pennants and a World Series championship followed.

The Padres have not confirmed the signing, but reports out of San Diego this past week indicated things were moving in that direction. He won four Gold Gloves at his position and won the 2017 Silver Slugger award.

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