It's a done deal. Questions about Hosmer's bat holding up over the course of the entire contract scared off some teams, but agent Scott Boras wasn't budging.
With the addition of Hosmer, the Padres will likely shift first baseman Wil Myers back to the outfield, where he played the majority of his professional career prior to moving to the infield full-time in 2016. Eric Hosmer, the Royals first baseman for seven years, will be signing with the San Diego Padres, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
The 28-year-old entered free agency at the end of last season, along with other Royals icons Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, and Alicides Escobar. In 2017, Myers signed a six-year, $83 million deal.
Financial terms of the contract aren't readily available but there is no doubt the Padres had to shell out a pretty hefty deal to land one of the biggest bats still out there. Known for his defense, Hosmer also won four Gold Glove awards, three in a row from 2013-2015.
Terms of the deal are unconfirmed at this time, but multiple reports say Hosmer and the Padres agreed to an 8-year, $144 million deal.