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MLB News: Hosmer signed, Odorizzi traded

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We are finally getting some MLB news.

The Padres signed Eric Hosmer to an 8-year, $144 million contract. He’ll get 5 years of $20 million a year and then 3 years of $13 million. There is a opt out clause, Hosmer can opt out after year 5. And he has a no-trade clause for the first 3 years.

I don’t understand the no-trade thing, 8 years for Hosmer makes him impossible to trade.

The contract covers his age 28 to age 35 seasons.

Who were the Padres bidding against? Was there another team bidding for Hosmer who was offering him 7 years? I’d have to think that if Padres offered 5 years, that would have been the best off Hosmer would have had.

If I’m a MLB player I’m hiring Scott Boras to by my agent. He’s part magician.

And the Rays traded Jake Odorizzi to the Twins for prospect Jermaine Palacios. I don’t know much about Palacios, but it seems a pretty light payment for a pitcher with 2 years of control left.

John Sickels ranks Palacios the 17th prospect in the Twins system:

17) Jermaine Palacios, SS, Grade B-/C+: Age 21, signed out of Venezuela in 2013; hit robust .320/.362/.544 in 259 at-bats in Low-A then .269/.303/.359 in 245 at-bats in High-A; Florida State League cut into his power but he’s more of a doubles threat than someone who will slug .500 in the majors, although you can never say never these days; needs more patience at the plate; tools work at shortstop. ETA 2020

Odorizzi is 5-3 with a 3.21 ERA in 15 starts against the Jays, so I’m happy to get him out of the division.