Big moves in the Major League Baseball offseason, with a couple of notable exceptions, have come to a screeching halt since the Winter Meetings, but first baseman Eric Hosmer could be one of the next pieces off the board.
The 28-year-old enjoyed the best offensive campaign of his career in 2017, hitting.318/.385/.498 with 25 home runs while posting a career-high 4.1 wins above replacement.
It seems like this is something we have been building up to ever since the first reports of a slow market for Eric Hosmer.
Hosmer also has a seven-year, $140 million offer from the Padres, according to USA Today. Someone should sign Hosmer, and for a considerable amount of money, but are the Royals the team to do it? It was reported that teams were interested in Danny Duffy at the Winter Meetings, but so far that Royals have not moved on this.
If the Cardinals were inclined, they surely have the means to make a better offer for Hosmer. He could be waiting to see if other suitors emerge.
I'm all for re-signing Hosmer to the deal the was reportedly offered, and not giving him an eight or nine-year contract, which he desires.
Hosmer, a four-time Gold Glove Award victor, is coming off a 2017 campaign in which he earned a Silver Slugger Award, as well. History has shown us that the longer the contract, typically it does not work out in the favor of the club.
This is certainly a bold stroke by Kansas City GM Dayton Moore.