National League West

Hosmer joins Padres, wears number of late teammate Ventura

For a few years now, the lowly San Diego Padres have preached about "the process" of their deep rebuild via the draft and signing international players after their win-now attempt with pricey veterans failed so spectacularly in 2015.

That process now includes 28-year-old first baseman Eric Hosmer and his potential $144 million contract, a testament to the strength of the Padres' farm system and the willingness of ownership to spend money.

Owners Peter Seidler and Ron Fowler consider the signing a "significant moment" in Padres history.

"Speaking for Ron and myself, when you have to sign a check like that you better have a smile on your face,...

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