Eric Hosmer, who is well-known to domestic fans while eating rice with Kim Ha-seong at the San Diego Padres, signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs.
‘ESPN’ reporter Jessie Rogers said on the 5th (Korean time), “Hosmer agreed with the Cubs for $720,000, the lowest salary in the major leagues. His contract is for one year and his contract will be completed after a medical test.”
Hosmer signed an eight-year, $144 million contract with San Diego ahead of the 2018 season, with three years, $39 million remaining. San Diego paid his ransom last year and traded him to the Boston Red Sox, but Boston also released him.
Accordingly, while the Cubs recruited him, he will pay only his minimum annual salary, and San Diego will pay 12.28 million dollars this year.
Although he is now in a downed state, he was once a leading first baseman in the major leagues. While playing 12 seasons, he recorded a batting average of 0.277, 196 home runs, 879 RBIs, 805 points, and an OPS of 0.764. . 스포츠토토
However, his batting sluggishness worsened, and after he moved to San Diego, he performed below expectations. Last year, he had a batting average of 0.268, 8 homers, 44 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.716.
The Cubs currently lack a solid first base resource. Last year, many players such as Alfonso Rivas, Frank Schwindel, PJ Higgins, and Patrick Wiz took turns as first baseman. Most players have left the team, and the current top option at first base is prospect Matt Murvis.
Hosmer is expected to take over first base for the Cubs alongside Mervis. For the Cubs, signing Hosmer is not at all risky. It is evaluated that he is a good recruit because he has a minimum salary and a one-year contract.