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Eric Hosmer said that he "bought into" the Padres' plan to win a World Series and that he is ready to embrace a leadership role within San Diego's young organization.
Eric Hosmer and the Padres have finalized their eight-year, $144 million contract.
Now that San Diego's first base position is in Eric Hosmer's $144 million hands, it seems as if there are 144 million candidates for the one remaining starting spot in the Padres' outfield.
Eric Hosmer finally signed, joining the San Diego Padres on an eight-year contract. Eric Karabell looks at the fantasy fallout of the deal.
Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer
Eric Hosmer's three most-cited possible landing spots all rank among the 10 least homer-friendly ballparks in baseball, but at least he picked the most favorable of the three: Petco Park has ranked 22nd (0.913 factor) — also 22nd for lefties (0.921) — since the fences moved in after the 2012 season.
A front-loaded, eight-year deal for $144 million put one of this winter's biggest free agents in a Padres uniform. How could this calculated risk also make sense?
The San Diego Padres and free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed to an 8-year contract, according to ESPN and multiple reports. The deal is worth $144 million, according to multiple reports.
The San Diego Padres announced they signed catcher A.J. Ellis to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Padres pitcher Jose Torres, who pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated assault in January, will not be at spring training, and the team says it's taking the matter "very seriously."
Buster Olney chats with Tim Kurkjian (4:41) and Dave Schoenfield (20:36) about MLBPA unrest, the bevvy of remaining free agents, over/under win totals and much more.
Former Tampa Bay pitcher Steve Geltz, currently on Philadelphia's Triple-A roster, was banned 100 games after a third positive test for a drug of abuse. Three other minor leaguers drew 50-game suspensions.
Which Padres are Midsummer Classic worthy? Way-too-early All-Star rosters
Spring training is nearly here, and there are dozens of free agents still available. We find each club's biggest need and identify potential targets.
Outfielder Oscar Gamble, who played seven of his 17 seasons with the Yankees and hit 200 career home runs, died of a rare tumor of the jaw. He was 68.
Kevin Towers, former general manager of the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks, has died at age 56 after a battle with thyroid cancer.
William Weinbaum ESPN
Poignant moment at Sun.'s NY baseball writers dinner with Bob Costas, the HoF's Spink Award winner for broadcasting, at the lectern. He said 2015 Spink winner Dick Enberg called to congratulate him last month and Enberg said he hoped Trevor Hoffman would be elected to the Hall, the Padres would charter a plane, and he would come to Cooperstown in tribute to Hoffman and Costas. Enberg died just over a week later, but Costas said the beauty of the Hall is that Enberg and other honorees will be there forever.
MLB's cybersecurity team is investigating after the Padres' social media accounts were hacked and posts suggesting the team had either agreed to terms with free agent Eric Hosmer or that a deal was imminent were posted.