Sport MLB free agent rumors: Royals offer Eric Hosmer 7-year, $147 million deal

19:21  03 january  2018
19:21  03 january  2018 Source:

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Eric Hosmer ’s free agency , like everyone else’s this winter, is never ending. There haven’t even been many rumors , and we’ve covered the reasons for that before. Things are starting to pick up for him, however, as the Padres apparently offered him a seven - year deal

Eric Hosmer offered seven - year , $ 147 million deal to return to Royals . Eric Hosmer , strongly coveted all winter by the San Diego Padres, now has another surprising small-market team going head-to-head for his services. Post to Facebook.

The Royals are not going to let Eric Hosmer go quietly into that good night. According to USA Today Sports, Kansas City has offered its All-Star first baseman a seven-year, $147 million deal to retain his services.

Kansas City joins the Padres as teams willing to give Hosmer a seven-year contract worth at least $140 million, but it is unclear what the particulars are on the breakdown of the contracts.

St. Louis has also gotten in on the Hosmer sweepstakes this week, as USA Today reported Tuesday.

While the Royals are offering more money than the Padres that may not matter as much in the long run. Hosmer is looking for more years — eight or nine, according to USA Today — rather than more money.

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Report: Royals Offer Eric Hosmer Seven - Year , $ 147 Million Deal . Eric Hosmer reportedly offered seven - year , $ 147 million deal by Royals .

The Kansas City Royals have offered Hosmer a franchise-record seven - year , $ 147 million contract, persons close to Hosmer told USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity since negotiations are still undergoing.

Hosmer, 28, batted .318 with 25 home runs and 94 RBIs in 2017.

Eric Hosmer © (Getty Images) Eric Hosmer

The Royals still have two more free agents beyond Hosmer to deal with as well. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain and third baseman Mike Moustakas are still on the market.

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