The San Diego Padres seem to be getting close to signing one the biggest bats in free agency this winter, as they are the clear favorites to land first-basemen Eric Hosmer according to sources.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today was the first to indicate that the Padres are the favorites right now to land Hosmer. especially since they have already had two meetings with the All-Star.
Niightengale also mentions that the Red Sox are still a team that could come in late on the free agent, but it seems he is a back up plan to J.D. Martínez.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag sports, the Padres have already made an offer to Hosmer and see him as a good fit for a team that is still "a year away" thanks to his youth.
Heyman also indicates that the Royals, despite what many believe, are still somewhat in the picture but it would take something close to a miracle to sign him back to Kansas City.
Hosmer has shown to be one of the best defensive first-basemen in the league and his offensive game has risen every year.
In 2017, the 28-year-old was the best bat for the Royals hitting for .318 with 25 home runs and 94 RBIs in 162 games played.
The left-handed hitter was part of the Royals team that won the 2015 World Series with players like Mike Moustakas, Salvador Pérez, Alcides Escobar, Kelvin Herrera, and Lorenzo Cain.
Most of those players will not be back with KC in 2018, and whoever is left could be traded as part of a "tear it down" rebuild.
Hosmer is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to receive a contract for $132 million over six years.
If the Padres sign Hosmer it will mean a change of position for their best player Wil Myers, who would most likely move to the outfield where he started his MLB career and won a Rookie of the Year award with the Rays.