It’s looking like we have some heat on the hot stove, as one of Major League Baseball’s top free agents reportedly has found a landing spot.
First baseman Eric Hosmer — who last played for the Kansas City Royals — reportedly is signing an eight-year deal with the San Diego Padres, with an opt-out after the fifth year, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi.
The 28-year-old lefty won both a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger last season while playing in all 162 games. He hit .318 with 25 home runs while driving in 94 runs. Signing Hosmer shows some much-needed direction for the Padres, who finished 71-91 last season — their seventh consecutive season below .500.
Of course, Hosmer coming off the market also will presumably set a precedent for other prized free agents who are looking for a big deal.
Whatever the case may be, it appears we have some long-awaited movement on the free agent market.
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