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‘Congrats brother!’ Mike Sweeney has sweet message for Eric Hosmer

A decision was bound to come at some point, but still, it was a surprise to hear that Eric Hosmer had agreed late Saturday night to a contract with the San Diego Padres.

The deal came after spring training had started after a chilly hot stove during the offseason.

Hosmer was thought to have just two suitors: the Royals and the Padres. Both reportedly had offered seven year contracts, but Jon Morosi tweeted that San Diego was giving Hosmer an eight-year contract with an option to opt out after five seasons.

Although there was no confirmation of the deal, at least one Royals front-office member took to social media to congratulate Hosmer.

Mike Sweeney, who is a special assistant to baseball operations, tweeted: “@TheRealHos35 will go down as one of the greatest @Royals to ever wear Royal Blue. You will always be a ROYAL! Congrats brother! See you in San Diego...”

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