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Royals Rumors: KC offers Eric Hosmer a team record contract

12 January, 2018, 18:21 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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Reports indicate that first baseman Eric Hosmer has a 7-year/$147 million offer from KC on the table. Hosmer has meant a lot to the Royals organization over the past seven years and his production on the field, combined with his contributions off the field and in the clubhouse are hard to replace.

The Padres' offer is for $140 million, so Hosmer has to decide between a few things: location, familiarity, a slight difference in pay, chance to play on a victor again, and so on. The numbers, meanwhile, suggest Hosmer is a very inconsistent player from year-to-year with a short track record of being the kind of offensive force typically associated with big money first basemen.

Even though he is coming off a career year, there are still plenty of questions about Hosmer's value as a free agent, especially at a premium power position like first base.

In September, Hosmer said he wasn't sure how his free-agent foray would end but hoped Royals fans would remember him fondly if he landed elsewhere, per John Pepitone of WDAF.

The Red Sox signed first baseman Mitch Moreland to a two-year contract last month and other suitors, outside of the Padres, have failed to materialize.

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Hosmer is young enough that he can sign with the Padres, endure a couple of losing seasons and still be a big part of the franchise's next winning team.

One club that is seeking to add is the St. Louis Cardinals.

Both of Hosmer's offers come from small-market teams who do not expect to contend in 2018. Maybe! The Royals and Padres sure seem willing to do so.

Hosmer was a key member of the Royals team that won a World Series in 2015.

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