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Eric Hosmer agrees to deal with Padres

Eric Hosmer agrees to deal with Padres

A decision was bound to come at some point, but still, it was a surprise to hear that Eric Hosmer had agreed late Saturday night to a contract with the San Diego Padres.

The deal is for $140 million over eight years, with an opt-out after five years, according to a report from Bob Nightengale. Signing Hosmer shows some much-needed direction for the Padres, who finished 71-91 last season - their seventh consecutive season below.500.

Hosmer is in the prime of his career and was rumored to be looking for a multi-year deal. He hit.318 with 25 home runs while driving in 94 runs.

The Padres were said to be targeting Hosmer the entire offseason.

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He entered a free agent market crowded with players, though he was clearly a tier above Carlos Santana, whom the Philadelphia Phillies gave $60 million for three years.

Still, the price of Hosmer's deal was the object of significant discussion throughout the industry. Meanwhile, Scott Miller of Bleacher Report hears the deal is worth $144 million.

According to the San Diego Union Tribune, the Padres have landed the cornerstone of the franchise for the next decade.

For what they'll pay him, they can only hope his offensive production at least mirrors last season's.


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