Padres Sign All-Star Eric Hosmer to Eight-Year Contract


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Eric Hosmer

The recipient of a master’s degree in justice, law, and society from American University, Hayley Dierker recently spent three years as chief of staff for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In addition to her pursuits in politics, Hayley Dierker is a fan of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) San Diego Padres.

Four-time Gold Glove recipient and 2015 World Series winner Eric Hosmer remained a free agent until February 17, but it was worth the wait for the 28-year-old first baseman as he signed an eight-year, $144 million contract with the Padres, the largest in team history. Hosmer wore No. 35 throughout his seven-year career with the Kansas City Royals, but will wear No. 30 in San Diego to honor former teammate Yordano Ventura, who died in a car crash last year.

Selected by the Royals with the third overall pick of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft, Hosmer finished third in Rookie of the Year voting in 2011 and has been a consistent performer since. He had the best season of his career in 2017 with a career-best .318 batting average to go along with 25 home runs and 94 RBI. He finished 14th in American League MVP voting and won Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.