Eric Hosmer leaves KC for 8-year deal with Padres

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The front-loaded contact is worth approximately $140 million, with Hosmer receiving $20 million for each of the first five years and $13 million each of the next three years, according to Bleacher Report. During the season, Hosmer would hit a career best.318 with 25 home runs and 94 RBI. When they drafted and signed him to a $6 million bonus in 2008, the Royals' expectations for Hosmer wove seamlessly with the belief that a young group of homegrown players would deliver the franchise's second World Series championship.

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It exceeds the six-year $83 million deal first baseman/outfielder Wil Myers sign with San Diego in 2017. It will be the the largest contract in Padres history and one of the more surprising free agent signings of the offseason.

Two years later, Hosmer returned to Petco Park as the American League's starting first baseman in the 2016 All-Star Game. The deal reportedly includes an opt-out after the fifth season.

Despite Hosmer being one of the top free agents available, there appeared to be limited interest in him over the winter.

Likewise, aside from the 2014 World Series, where he batted.250 with eight strikeouts, Homser is a career.333 hitter in only two regular season games at AT&T Park. In 100 games last season, Cron hit.248 with 16 homers and 56 RBIs. He won four Gold Gloves at his position and won the 2017 Silver Slugger award.

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