Hosmer also has a seven-year, $140 million offer from the Padres, according to the report. That last part brings to light some questions about the Royals' intent here: They've spent more the last few years than they used to, but not without letting everyone in the world know that they're at their limits.
Even though he is coming off a career year, there are still plenty of questions about Hosmer's value as a free agent, especially at a premium power position like first base.
The Boston Red Sox opened the offseason with conversations with Hosmer's representatives but opted to re-sign Mitch Moreland instead of entering the Hosmer bidding. Many big-market clubs with the money to land Hosmer already possess franchise first basemen.
If he accepts the Padres' contract offer, Hosmer would become the highest paid player in the team's history. It's a sign that this organization hasn't given in to the idea that it's time to go into a drastic rebuild. Maybe! The Royals and Padres sure seem willing to do so.
Hosmer, who in October turned 28, is a player who is seen in two different lights by people in baseball and those in stats. He is one of the most extreme ground ball hitters in baseball. 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.
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