Who said the Royals wouldn't fight to keep Eric Hosmer? It appears the team from Kansas City will do what many didn't think they would do, which is to pay their All-Star first baseman.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports, Hosmer received a record-setting offer by the Royals that topped the San Diego Padres latest offer.
Nightengale informed the team from Kansas City offered Hosmer a 7-year deal worth $147 million dollars for his return to the Royals, $7 million more than what the Padres had offered "Hos".
That is $1 million more a year by the Royals, a team most expected would not pay top dollar for a return by Hosmer.
Hosmer, who just turned 28, is thought to be seeking an eight- or nine-year deal, however, and some believe his agent, Scott Boras, will push for $200 million.
But with baseball heading in a different direction and front offices every year being less willing to agree to long-term deals, it seems unlikely he will get anything close to that. Especially with the "big spenders" out on Hosmer, especifically the Red Sox who signed Mitch Moreland instead.
Hosmer, who turned down a qualifying offer by the Royals, is tied to a compensation Draft pick if he signs with any other team. That could be key as the Royals don't have to give anything up and can match or best any other offers.
Selected third overall by the Royals in the 2008 draft, Hosmer enjoyed the finest season of his career this past summer, while hitting .318/.385/.498 with 25 homers in 162 games.
Hosmer has also managed four Gold Glove awards, one All-Star nomination, and one Silver Slugger during his tenure with the Royals, and helped push the club to a World Series championship in 2015.
"Hos" is one of five Royals players that could be lost in free agency this winter, as Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar and Jason Vargas are all on free agency market.