The Royals rumors are going to pick up as soon as the World Series is over and no name will be bigger among those rumors than first baseman Eric Hosmer.
When it comes to the Kansas City Royals offseason, no name is being monitored more than Eric Hosmer. Hosmer, like several other Royals, is hitting free agency and there’s a good chance that he could play for another team in 2018 and beyond.
Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe writes that Hosmer could be headed to Boston this winter. The Red Sox have always been a team that doesn’t shy away from spending big, so if Hosmer went there, it would come as a shock to nobody.
"Hosmer is starting to look like an ideal fit for the Red Sox. Seven of his 25 homers this year were hit the other way, which bodes well for the lefthanded batter’s ability to hit at Fenway. He’s also a Gold Glove-caliber first baseman. Scott Boras wouldn’t comment on what level of interest he sees the Red Sox having in his client, but he did comment on how rare it is for a player to go into free agency at age 27.More from KC KingdomWin $650 GUARANTEED Plus $100 Off NFL Sunday Ticket With Caesars, FanDuel and DraftKings Kansas Promos!This Plus-Money Bobby Witt Jr. Prop Bet is on Fire (Hit in 15/21 Games)!How to Bet on the Chiefs vs. Cardinals in NFL Preseason Week 2The Royals Need to Extend Bobby Witt Jr. ImmediatelyThe 3 Most Intriguing Games on the Chiefs’ Schedule"
There are two options for how this offseason will go. Either Hosmer re-signs with the Kansas City Royals or he signs with another team. Losing Hosmer will likely result in the Royals deciding to completely rebuild their squad and fans would be in for a few years of losing. It won’t be nearly as bad as what we went through before, but rebuilding is rebuilding.
When it comes to teams that Hosmer could land with, however, Boston makes sense. For one, Fenway is a hitter-friendly park and Hosmer hit well even in a spacious ball park like Kauffman Stadium. Second, the Red Sox have the dough to acquire Hosmer. The Royals have money too, but if it comes down to a bidding war, don’t count on Kansas City winning that war.
Something also worth noting is that Hosmer’s girlfriend lives in Boston. While that’s likely not the deciding factor, I’m sure it could help push him in that direction.
All signs point to Boston being a likely destination for Eric Hosmer and Royals fans shouldn’t be mad at him if he does indeed wind up there. Hosmer has done just about all he can do while a member of the KC Royals. He went to two World Series, won one, and won the All-Star Game MVP in 2016 while donning a Royals jersey.
It’d suck to see Hosmer leave in free agency, but it’s tough to blame him. Athletes normally only get one big pay day and this is Hosmer’s chance for that big pay day. He has done all he can do for the Royals and he has the right to move on from Kansas City.
The Royals rumors haven’t even truly started yet, but when free agency kicks off in the next week, they’ll be almost non-stop. Let’s hope Hosmer stays a Royal, but even if he doesn’t, he’s still Forever Royal.