With the MLB free agent market being quiet during the 2018 off-season, someone needed to make a splash by signing a big name player. The San Diego Padres signed first baseman Eric Hosmer to a eight-year deal worth $144 million which is the biggest contract given in Padres history, according to multiple reports.
Hosmer is 28 years old and he has played the past few years with the Kansas City Royals. He was a member of the 2014 World Series team that lost to the San Francisco Giants in seven games and he was also a member of the 2015 World Series team that won in five games against the New York Mets.
Hosmer’s batting average with the Royals last season was .318 with 25 homeruns and 94 RBI’s, along with six stolen bases. He will upgrade the Padres lineup. Wil Myers, who played first base last season for the Padres, will now move to the outfield. The Padres finished with a 71-91 record last season. I can’t see San Diego improving immediately with this signing even though Hosmer is a good player. The Padres are still another year or two away from being a threat in the NL West, but if the young players can grow for the Padres, they will be a better team than anyone expects them to be this season.