- Eric Hosmer agreed to an eight-year deal with the Padres. The contract is reportedly worth $144 million. This move will slide current Padres first baseman, Wil Myers, to the outfield. Hosmer, 28, had a big year last season hitting .318 with 25 home runs, 94 RBI, and six stolen bases. More on the Hosmer signing here.
- The Rays made several moves on Saturday. The most newsworthy was a trade that sent Jake Odorizzi to the Twins. In a one-for-one swap (the Rays getting SS prospect Jermaine Palacios) the Twins acquire starting pitching help. Odorizzi posted a 4.14 ERA over 28 starts in 2017. The move helps the Twins who will be without starters Ervin Santana and Michael Pineda to start the season. The Rays have several young arms in the minors who could benefit from the departure of Odorizzi.
- In other Rays news, Tampa Bay acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels. The move was followed up by the Rays designating Corey Dickerson for assignment. Cron looks to slot in at designated hitter for Tampa Bay. The move does free up Albert Pujols to play first base for the Angels on days Shohei Ohtani plays DH. As for Dickerson, the 28-year-old lefty will be looking for a new home as Spring Training games draw near. He hit .282 last season with a career high 27 home runs. In addition to Dickerson, the Rays will be without Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison in 2018. The trio accounted for 85 of the club’s homers last year.
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