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Padres offer Eric Hosmer record-deal, Cardinals get in the mix

The Gold Glover and Silver Slugger is still looking for a home

Eric Hosmer´s market is heating up again with the start of 2018 and he even got a record-setting offer from the San Diego Padres.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports, Hosmer received a 7-year deal from the Padres.

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Nightengale did not mention dollar figures, but it was reported last month the Padres were mulling a 6-year $120 million dollar deal with the first baseman.

That would probably mean the Padre's offer could be for around $140 million and could even hit the $150 million mark for the seven years.

If Hosmer agrees to that deal it would be the franchise's largest contract ever, breaking Wil Myers record of 6-year $83 million dollars.

The Cardinals is another team that "remain involved in pursuit" of free-agent Hosmer, a source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.

According to Morosi, St. Louis is also interested in other lineup upgrade options, including pursuing Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson in a trade. Morosi added while speaking on MLB Network on Tuesday that the Padres are "still very much involved" in the sweepstakes for Hosmer and that a return to Kansas City is also a possibility.

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The Cardinals have already added Marcell Ozuna to their outfield following a trade with the Marlins, but a source told Morosi the club still wants to bring in another position player.

The versatility of infielder Matt Carpenter will give St. Louis the option to bring in either a first or third baseman. Carpenter's ability to play both positions gives the Cardinals a bit of flexibility when deciding which player could be the best addition to their team.

Hosmer brings both a big bat and a solid glove to the diamond every night, and while St. Louis would certainly benefit from his presence in the middle of its order, Morosi notes Hosmer's impact could also be felt on defense.

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The Cardinals are searching for an upgrade to their infield defense, and Morosi cites Hosmer's range at first base as an asset to whatever team ultimately signs him.

Hosmer batted .318/.385/.498 with 25 home runs and 94 RBIs in 162 games for the Royals in 2017, and the 28-year-old is a career .284/.342/.439 hitter over the course of his seven Major League seasons.

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The Royals have also been mention to have interest in bringing back Hosmer for the right price.

MLB.com & AlBat.com 

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