The Dallas Morning News
Hosmer, Padres agree to terms, per sources
SAN DIEGO — The Padres got their man.
The team and free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed to a deal, two sources said Saturday night.
Terms were not available, but it is expected to be the largest monetary commitment in Padres history.
According to John Morosi of MLB.com, Hosmer received an eight-year deal with an opt-out clause after the fifth season.
The acquisition will push first baseman Wil Myers, whose six-year, $83 million deal signed in 2017 was the team’s biggest contract ever, to the outfield. Myers, who played with Hosmer briefly in Class A while in the Royals’ system, has said he would be happy to move if it meant the Padres got Hosmer.
The 28-year-old Hosmer hit .318 with a .385 on-base percentage in 2017, both career highs. He hit 25 home runs for the second season in a row. He also played in all 162 games for Kansas City and has averaged 153 games over the last six seasons.
He has a career batting average of .284, career onbase percentage of .342 and career slugging percentage of .439. He has won four Gold Gloves in his seven seasons and was an All-Star in 2016.
The Padres coveted Hosmer for his ability to get on base and the leadership they believe he can provide their young team.
Several people in the organization have said in recent days they believed his
presence would make them a contender in the National League. Rays acquire Cron, deal
Odorizzi: The Tampa Bay Rays acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Los Angeles Angels and designated outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster in one of two Saturday night trades.
In the second move, Rays right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi was sent to Minnesota for minor league infielder Jermaine Palacios.
The 28-year-old Cron, who hit .248 last year with 16 homers and 56 RBIs in 100 games, was acquired in exchange for a player to be named.
Odorizzi was 10-8 with a 4.14 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 1431/3 innings over 28 starts in 2017. He’s 40-38 with a 3.83 ERA in 7051/3 major league innings.
Players win: Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett won his salary arbitration case, earning a $3.2 million raise to $5.7 million and giving players a final 12-10 margin over clubs this year.
Players finished with a winning record in arbitration for the second time in three years, but for only the fourth time since 1996. Boston: 2B Dustin Pedroia, rehabbing from offseason knee surgery, will not be ready for opening day. The 34-year-old former AL MVP had started 11 straight openers for the Red Sox.
Cleveland: OF Rajai Davis signed a minor league contract to reunite with the Indians. The 37-year-old Davis led the AL with 43 stolen bases for Cleveland in 2016 before moving to Oakland as a free agent.