MLB Rumors: Eric Hosmer Receives Huge Contract Offers From Two Teams

MLB Rumors: Eric Hosmer Receives Huge Contract Offers From Two Teams

With Eric Hosmer as a hot commodity in the 2018 free agency market, some believe that the reported Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres rumors of a $147 million dollar offer are way too much.

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. Such things can, of course, make two deals which are close in overall value like these quite different in overall value.

The 28-year-old netted his first Silver Slugger award in 2017.

The Red Sox signed first baseman Mitch Moreland to a two-year contract last month and other suitors, outside of the Padres, have failed to materialize.

In a rather cold offseason hot stove, Hosmer's deal would be the highest contract given to a free agent this season.

Hosmer is young enough that he can sign with the Padres, endure a couple of losing seasons and still be a big part of the franchise's next winning team.

Now, Hosmer possibly could be the difference maker for say the St. Louis Cardinals, who are one piece away from being true National League contenders. No team appears to be as committed in their pursuit of Hosmer than the Padres. It's a sign that this organization hasn't given in to the idea that it's time to go into a drastic rebuild. For a team that has the chemistry of the Royals, that is not something that should be underestimated. Royals general manger Dayton Moore has said he would like to trim payroll down to around $115 million, so he would have to move payroll via trade to add Hosmer.

His best offensive season before that-2015-would result in a World Series championship.

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