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 The Cubs acquired Eric Hosmer (34). Will Hosmer be resurrected?

The US’MLB.com’ said on the 5th (Korean time), “A source said the Chicago Cubs have signed veteran first baseman Hosmer to bring experience to the field and depth to the roster.”

Hosmer was selected by the Kansas City Royals with the 3rd overall pick in the 1st round of the 2008 draft. Hosmer, who made his major league debut in 2011, had a successful career in Kansas City. In the 2013–15 season he won the American League Gold Glove at first base for the third consecutive year. He also won the World Series in 2015. In the 2016 season, he was selected as an All-Star, and in the 2017 season, he participated in 162 games and won both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger with 603 at-bats, 192 hits, 25 home runs, 94 RBIs, and a batting average of 0.318 OPS of 0.883. 메이저놀이터

After becoming a free agent, Hosmer moved to the San Diego Padres. He signed an eight-year, $144 million (approximately 182.5 billion won) contract with San Diego in 2018. However, his performance in San Diego was not good. The first season after his transfer, he went 155 hits in 613 at-bats with 18 home runs and 69 RBIs for a .253 OPS of .720.

Hosmer’s grades did not improve. He didn’t get past the 300 batting average until the 2021 season. Last season, he went 91-for-335 with 8 home runs and 40 RBIs in 90 games with a .272 OPS of .727 before being traded to the Boston Red Sox. In Boston, he was even more sluggish with 11 hits in 45 at-bats, 4 RBIs, a batting average of 0.244 OPS and 0.631 in 14 games.

‘MLB.com’ argued that Hosmer was a no-risk player for the Cubs. The media said, “San Diego has to give Hosmer the remaining three years and $39 million (about 49.4 billion won). This means that the Cubs only have to pay Hosmer the lowest annual salary in the league.”

Can Hosmer, who has been unable to get out of the slump after signing the jackpot with San Diego, spread his wings again in the new nest, the Cubs?