Royals rumors have quieted down after three recent free agent signings and spring training right around the corner, but Eric Hosmer and the KC Royals have been discussing a potential contract extension, according to Ken Rosenthal.
When asking people around Kansas City who their favorite member of the Kansas City Royals is, a good chunk of them would likely say Eric Hosmer. It’s not a surprising answer, as Hosmer is arguably the face of the franchise and one of the best young guys to hit free agency next offseason.
Will Hosmer for sure hit free agency though? According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Hosmer and the Kansas City Royals have been discussing an extension for the first baseman.
"Hosmer said Sunday that he, his agent Scott Boras and the Royals are discussing a contract extension, but indicated that he will test free agency if the sides do not strike a deal by Opening Day."
This is exciting news for Royals fans, as Hosmer is the biggest name from the Royals to potentially hit the free agent market after the 2017 season concludes.
While this is one of those Royals rumors that fans want to hear, it certainly doesn’t mean that Eric Hosmer is for sure going to stay a Royal. His agent, Scott Boras, is notorious for letting his clients hit the free agent market and get the best possible deal they can get.
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On the other hand though, I never thought this type of news would surface. I figured Hosmer was as good as gone after this season, especially after the KC Royals locked pitcher Danny Duffy up to a long-term deal.
That seemed to be the guy the team was planning on keeping for the long haul, but maybe Dayton Moore is serious about keeping Hosmer in Royal blue for the rest of his career too.
"“We as an organization have a strong desire to extend Eric,” Moore said. “We’re confident in his desire to be here in Kansas City. As with him and all our players, we’ll work as hard as we can to execute a deal.”"
The above quote was also from Rosenthal’s piece written on Sunday morning.
Hosmer’s only 27 years old and likely hasn’t hit the prime of his career yet. Last season saw him reach career highs in both home runs (25) and RBI (104). He had a hot start to the season, earning his first trip to the All-Star Game, where he ended up winning MVP.
After the hot first half of the season, however, Hosmer slumped throughout the last few months. It put a big damper on what could have been an amazing season, but the former first-round pick will be playing balls to the wall this year due to that possibility of hitting it big on the market next winter.
What do you think, Royals fans? Will a deal between Eric Hosmer and the Kansas City Royals get done or will this just be one of those Royals rumors that fades away quickly?