Hosmer's presence at first base will move Wil Myers back to the outfield, where he played the majority of his career prior to being acquired by San Diego from Tampa Bay.
The Royals will have four picks in the top 40 during this summer's first-year player draft, but even if all those selections pan out, it will be years before they're ready.
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The Padres finished in fifth place of the National League West last season thanks to a 71-91 record.
Hosmer's biggest moment with the Royals came in the 9th inning of Game 5 in the 2015 World Series when he raced from third to score the game-tying run. With a team that hasn't won more than 77 games since 201o and one of the game's strongest farm systems, the addition of Hosmer makes the Padres a team to keep an eye on for the next handful of summers.
Likewise, aside from the 2014 World Series, where he batted.250 with eight strikeouts, Homser is a career.333 hitter in only two regular season games at AT&T Park. A person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the tentative deal, speaking on the condition of anonymity Sunday because there had been no formal announcement of Hosmer's signing.
He also was an All-Star in 2016 and an All-Star MVP. He hit.318 with 25 home runs while driving in 94 runs.