The representatives of free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have continuously been "pushing for a contract of more than seven years," a source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi on Wednesday.
Morosi also notes that with the Royals dealing Brandon Moss to the A's earlier in the week, Kansas City became a better fit to re-sign Hosmer, and the club's "capacity to pay him" has increased.
Hosmer, 28, reportedly has a $140 million offer on the table from the Padres and a $147 million proposal from the Royals, but he is hoping a potential suitor might reach a bit higher.
The left-handed-hitting first baseman recorded a career-best batting line of .318/.385/.498 and tied a career high with 25 homers in 2017 with Kansas City. He also played in all 162 games last season and has appeared in at least 128 games in every season of his career.
Hosmer, taken with the No. 3 overall pick by the Royals in the 2008 Draft, is a .284/.342/.439 career hitter with 127 home runs and 566 RBIs in seven big league seasons, all of which have come with Kansas City.
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