FILE - In a Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 file photo, Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer hits an RBI-single in the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 that free agent first baseman Hosmer has reached preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract with the San Diego Padres, pending a physical. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley, File)

AP source: Hosmer, Padres reach preliminary eight-year deal

February 18, 2018 - 10:48 am

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the deal says free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer has reached preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract with the San Diego Padres, pending a physical.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because there had been no formal announcement of Hosmer's signing, which would become official once he passes a physical early in the week. While the final position players reported Sunday — most were already in spring camp — Hosmer wasn't expected until at least Monday.

Hosmer, who spent his first seven major league seasons with Kansas City, would receive a reported $144 million.

The 28-year-old Hosmer batted a career-high .318 in 2017 and matched his best from the previous season with 25 home runs. A four-time Gold Glover and All-Star in '16, he drove in 94 runs and scored 98 for the Royals last season. He also had a career-best .385 on-base percentage.

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