Hosmer agreed to an eight-year deal with the San Diego Padres, the Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee reported on Saturday night. His recent success reportedly warranted the Padres to offer him a seven-year, $140 million deal earlier in the offseason, but Hosmer's patience ultimately paid off.
Terms were not available, but should be the largest monetary commitment in Padres history. 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.
Hosmer leaves the Kansas City Royals after a marvelous eight-year tenure with the franchise.
He has a career batting average of.284, career on-base percentage of.342 and career slugging percentage of.439.
The Padres will look to Hosmer to be a cornerstone for the team over the next several years.
He also has a full no-trade clause for the first three seasons and limited no-trade protection afterward, according to Bleacher Report.
That is a very long-term commitment for a player that is already 28 years old and will now be in San Diego through at least his 33rd birthday.
Hosmer is in the prime of his career and was rumored to be looking for a multi-year deal.
Gennett was awarded a raise from $2,525,000 to $5.7 million.