Royals All-Star First Baseman Reportedly Heading to San Diego

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Now that the Royals have an answer, it is time to move on.

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

Prior to Hosmer's reported deal, Myers' six-year, $83 million contract signed in 2017 was the largest pact in Padres history. "(Royals scouting director) Lonnie Goldberg had a deep relationship with him and was very focused and relentless on us pursuing him.

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Hosmer, a four-time Gold Glove victor, posted a.318/.385/.498 slashline last season with 94 RBIs, 98 runs scored and six steals.

"I think he is one of the guys who can do whatever you want in the game". In 12 games between the regular season, World Baseball Classic and the 2016 All-Star Game, he has hit.458/.481/.813 with five homers and 19 RBIs. He set himself up for a massive payday after a superb 2017 campaign, in which Hosmer batted.318 with 25 home runs and 94 RBI while posting a 4.0 WAR and.882 OPS. A person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the tentative deal, speaking on the condition of anonymity Sunday because there had been no formal announcement of Hosmer's signing. After this successful season, Hosmer finished 24th in MVP voting. Although he only has limited experience at Petco Park in his career, the first baseman has absolutely raked.

"If you add a player like that, you're obviously accelerating the process", Myers told reporters at Padres' camp in Peoria, Ariz. He also had a career-best.385 on-base percentage.