PEORIA, Ariz. — Just the thought of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer joining the downtrodden, youthful San Diego Padres sent a morning jolt through the spring training clubhouse.

Hosmer reached a preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract with the San Diego Padres, pending a physical. 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 potential signing.

It would become official once he passes a physical early in the week. While the final position players reported Sunday – most were already in spring camp – ahead of Monday’s first full-squad workout, Hosmer wasn’t expected in the desert until at least Monday.

Hosmer, who spent his first seven major league seasons with Kansas City, would receive a reported $144 million.

The 28-year-old Hosmer batted a career-high .318 in 2017 and matched his best from the previous season with 25 home runs.

RED SOX: Boston finalized its contract with infielder Eduardo Nunez, a one-year deal with a player option for 2019.

Nunez gets a guaranteed $6 million, according to multiple reports, including $4 million this season and a $2 million buyout. Nunez can reportedly exercise a $4 million option for 2019.

The 30-year-old batted a career-high .313 with 33 doubles and 12 home runs over 114 games last season between San Francisco and the Red Sox, who acquired him in a trade on July 25.

YANKEES: Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury says the team has not approached him about waiving his no-trade clause.

There has been speculation that the Yankees would like to move some of the money due Ellsbury, who has three years remaining on a $153 million, seven-year contract.

Ellsbury, 34, enters spring training as the odd man out in the outfield after losing his center field job last year to Aaron Hicks.

ANGELS: Los Angeles signed veteran slugger Chris Carter to a minor-league deal and longtime outfielder Chris Young to a one-year contract.

Carter played for the New York Yankees last season, batting .201 with eight homers. The first baseman is only one season removed from leading the NL with 41 homers for Milwaukee.

Young spent last season with Boston, batting .235 with 25 RBI in 90 games. He also has played for Arizona, Oakland and the Mets and Yankees.

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