Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the offer Wednesday and noted Hosmer, who spent the first seven seasons of his Major League Baseball career with the Royals before hitting free agency this offseason, also has a seven-year, $140 million proposal on the table from the Padres. At least for Eric Hosmer.
One club that is seeking to add is the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Royals' offer would be the richest in franchise history, shattering the four-year, $72 million deal signed by Gold Glove outfielder Alex Gordon in 2016. He hit.318 with 25 home runs, 94 RBIs and a career-best.882 OPS.
In a rather cold offseason hot stove, Hosmer's deal would be the highest contract given to a free agent this season.
He also helped Kansas City win its first World Series title since 1985 in 2015.
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I do see the other side of the situation as well though. The Royals have reportedly offered free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer a seven-year $147 million dollar contract. If the Royals were to trade Duffy, it would make sense to trade Salvador Perez as well to completely rebuild and receive prospects in return.
That Hosmer has not pounced on either of these seven-year offers shows superagent Scott Boras could still be angling for an eight-year deal. And the Phillies singed Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million deal, somewhat limiting potential suitors for Hosmer.
Hosmer, a four-time Gold Glove Award victor, is coming off a 2017 campaign in which he earned a Silver Slugger Award, as well.
This is certainly a bold stroke by Kansas City GM Dayton Moore.