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Eric Hosmer leaves KC for 8-year deal with Padres

March 22 2018, 05:59 | Van Peters

Eric Hosmer signs 8-year deal with Padres, per reports

Padres Optimistic In Pursuit Of Eric Hosmer

The San Diego Padres are optimistic in the free agent being signed by them to a contract that revived talks with Eric Hosmer will result. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He'll slot into the middle of the order for skipper Andy Green, pairing with slugger Wil Myers for a rebuilding Padres club.

Davis, 37, had signed with Oakland as a free agent before a year ago and was traded in midseason to Boston.

Hosmer was drafted 3rd overall by the Kansas City Royals in 2008. He set personal bests in average, OPS, and slugging percentage.

Hosmer, an All-Star first baseman in 2016 who has won two Gold Glove awards, is coming off his third straight season with at least 18 home runs and 93 RBIs.

He also has a full no-trade clause for the first three seasons and limited no-trade protection afterward, according to Bleacher Report.

Indians bring back Davis • The Cleveland Indians have signed free agent Rajai Davis to a minor league contract, bringing back the speedy outfielder.

He played in all 162 games previous year. He hit a combined.235 with stole 29 bases. The Reds offered $5.1 million.

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