Royals Offer Eric Hosmer Seven-Year, $147 Million Deal

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Royals Offer Eric Hosmer Seven-Year, $147 Million Deal

According to USA Today, the Kansas City Royals have offered free agent first baseman, Eric Hosmer, a franchise-record seven-year deal worth a reported $147 million.

A recent report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale that cited persons close to Hosmer revealed that two teams have already sent their contract offers to Hosmer. It seems that Hosmer also has been offered a seven-year deal by the Padres for $140 million, which makes it $1 million less than the deal from the Royals.

Hosmer's resume includes four Gold Glove Awards, a Silver Slugger Award and an All-Star Game MVP Award from the 2016 Midsummer Classic, which was held in San Diego.

Eric Hosmer's free agency, like everyone else's this winter, is never ending.

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.

Both of Hosmer's offers come from small-market teams who do not expect to contend in 2018.

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.

With the farm system the focus, the Royals appeared willing to walk away from Moustakas and Cain. Another bonus: The club, along with every team in Major League Baseball, is reportedly set to receive a cash payment of $50 million or more after the league sold a controlling stake in its technology arm - BAMTech - to Disney past year.

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

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