Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that the San Diego Padres and Eric Hosmer have had two face-to-face meetings in recent days and that, as a result, they are the “clear-cut favorites” to land the free agent first baseman.Eric Hosmer

For the Padres, this would be a huge acquisition. San Diego is not close to competing in the stacked NL West, which one would think would turn off Hosmer, who is known for his competitive nature and urge to win.

The Padres, however, are reported to view Hosmer as a “culture-changer,” who they believe can be the leader of a club they think is ready to turn the corner. If they did sign him, his deal would eclipse — maybe even come near doubling — the largest contract ever handed out by the Padres, which was the $83 million deal given to Wil Myers a year ago. Signing Hosmer would also force Myers off of first base and back to the outfield, which is something he has said recently he’d be willing to do to help the team.

Hosmer, 28, had a career year in 2017, hitting .318/.385/.498 with 25 homers. There have been suggestions that he’s still open to returning to the Royals, though they are about to embark on a rebuild. He has also reportedly had discussions with the Red Sox, who Nightengale says are “still lurking.”

https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Hosmer_e8lpxjnp_ycjvjaqp.jpg?fit=640%2C470&ssl=1https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Hosmer_e8lpxjnp_ycjvjaqp.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Dan SchalkMLBRecent Posts#MLB,Eric Hosmer,Kansas City Royals,San Diego PadresBob Nightengale of USA Today says that the San Diego Padres and Eric Hosmer have had two face-to-face meetings in recent days and that, as a result, they are the “clear-cut favorites” to land the free agent first baseman. For the Padres, this would be a huge acquisition. San Diego is not...