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Eric Hosmer | First Baseman | #35

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/24/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (3) / KC
Contract: view contract details
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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals are getting discouraged about their pursuit of Eric Hosmer.
The club doesn't sound optimistic about their chances of retaining their star first baseman, noting that there are much larger contracts to be had elsewhere. Heyman points out though that they felt similarly two years ago regarding their chances of keeping Alex Gordon, and the outfielder wound up re-signing with the Royals. Dec 9 - 1:50 PM

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that members of the Padres contingent met with free agent Eric Hosmer on Thursday.

The Padres have been the most aggressive pursuers -- at least on record -- of Hosmer, and it appears the pursuit heated up on Thursday. On Wednesday, it was reported that current first baseman Wil Myers was willing to move back to the outfield if San Diego was able to sign Hosmer. The 28-year-old is coming off the best year of his career; hitting .318/.385/.498 with 25 homers in 2017 for the Royals.
Dec 8 - 12:04 PM

1B Eric Hosmer rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Of the nine players extended the offer, Hosmer might be in line for the biggest contract, and among position players he certainly will wind up with the largest deal. Hosmer's production in his career has wavered between average and good, but he just turned 28 less than a month ago, helping to raise his floor over the course of his impending contract even if his upside isn't super high.
Nov 17 - 11:38 AM

AJ Cassavell of MLB.com hears the Padres' reported interest in Eric Hosmer is "mostly due diligence at this point."

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune both reported this week that the Padres had discussed the possibility of signing Hosmer, but Wil Myers is locked in at first base in San Diego and Hosmer figures to draw a high-dollar contract in this top-heavy free agent market. It never seemed like a good match. Cassavell notes that the typically-cost-conscious Padres have checked in with around 50 different free agents already.
Nov 15 - 11:30 AM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Royals "have grown increasingly more pessimistic" about re-signing Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, or Lorenzo Cain.

It's not a big surprise, as Hosmer, Moustakas, and Cain are among the best position players on the market and figure to fetch big-money contracts. The Royals will probably be in tough shape even if they are able to retain one of them, so there's a strong case to be made to take the compensatory draft picks and go into a hard rebuild. Crasnick notes that the Royals could shift to names like Lucas Duda, Logan Morrison, Yonder Alonso, Mitch Moreland, and Adam Lind for first base if Hosmer departs.
Nov 14 - 5:00 PM

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres have discussed the possibility of signing free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported news of a possible pursuit by the Padres. It's a bit of an odd fit on the surface, as the Padres already have a first baseman with Wil Myers and they typically don't dip their toes in the pool with the big payroll teams. Still, Hosmer just turned 28 years old, so he could still be an impact player once the Padres are ready to contend. If anything, the club is doing their due diligence depending on how his market shakes out.
Nov 13 - 9:44 PM

Royals extended a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer to 1B Eric Hosmer.

An expected decision with Hosmer considered one of the top free agents on the market. He'll almost certainly land a deal north of $100 million in free agency, whether with the Royals or elsewhere. The 28-year-old batted .318/.385/.498 with 25 homers this season.
Nov 6 - 1:47 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that "there is an expectation" that Eric Hosmer could be a target for the Red Sox this offseason.

Mitch Moreland is a free agent and the Red Sox want to keep Hanley Ramirez in the designated hitter spot, creating a hole at first base. It will cost a pretty penny to land Hosmer, who batted .318/.385/.498 this season and slugged 25 home runs for the second straight year. Adding to Hosmer's appeal is that he's very young for a free agent, having turned just 28 a few weeks ago. There will be plenty of competition for his services.
Nov 3 - 10:26 AM

According to Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star, the Royals are expected to make qualifying offers to Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Lorenzo Cain.

And all three are expected to decline the offer -- one year, $17.4 million -- before hitting the free agent market. Monday is the deadline for teams to extend qualifying offers to impending free agents. If a player declines a qualifying offer and signs a contract of more than $50 million with another team, the team he's leaving will receive a compensatory draft pick just after the first round. If a player declines the qualifying offer and signs for less than $50 million, the compensation pick will come shortly after the second round.
Nov 2 - 10:48 AM

Major League Baseball's qualifying offer amount for this offseason has been set at $17.4 million.

A previous report from MLB.com's Jon Morosi had the offer valued at $18.1 million, but Morosi has now confirmed Dierkes' report that it will be set at $17.4 million. It's an increase of $200,000 over last year's amount. The number is determined by taking the average of the top 125 salaries across baseball.
Oct 13 - 1:50 PM

Eric Hosmer homered in what could have been the last game as a member of the Royals on Sunday.

The homer gives him 26 on the season. He, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustaskas all came off the field together in the seventh, as all four are free agents who very well could be playing somewhere else. Hosmer will be a highly sought-after free agent in 2017, as he's coming off a career year and plays a position that is scarce in quality bats. He's at very worst a first-division player at the corner infield position.
Oct 1 - 7:19 PM

Eric Hosmer went 4-for-4 with two doubles in an 11-3 thrashing of the Twins on Sunday.

Hosmer is now 7-for-7 over the last two games, as he went 3-for-3 on Saturday. The Royals offense has had zero consistency for the most part, but Hosmer has stood out with a .910 OPS and 24 homers. The Royals are still battling for the second Wild Card, and the Royals have him to thank for it.
Sep 10 - 6:00 PM

Eric Hosmer went 3-for-3 with a key RBI and a run scored during a 5-2 win over the Twins on Saturday.

He was instrumental in helping his club take the lead in the eighth inning. He singled in the go ahead run and came around to score an insurance tally on an Alcides Escobar sacrifice fly. Hosmer's .323 batting average is by far the best of his career. The first baseman has 24 home runs, 84 RBI and 85 runs scored in 141 games.
Sep 9 - 10:47 PM

Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Twins

Hosmer now has 24 homers, one shy of his career-high from last season. The impending free agent has managed to increase his contact rate this year while batting .319/.385/.507 over 140 games.
Sep 9 - 1:59 AM

Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI, and a walk in Monday’s 7-3 win over the Tigers.

Hosmer plated a run with a single in the first inning before connecting for a two-run homer in the third. The 27-year-old has put together a heck of a year, batting .318/.385/.504 with 23 homers, 80 RBI, and six steals over 136 games. The impending free agent is looking at a major payday this winter.
Sep 4 - 4:52 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Cameron Gallagher
4Meibrys Viloria
1B1Brandon Moss
2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Raul Mondesi
2Ramon Torres
3B1Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Paulo Orlando
2Bubba Starling
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Jorge Soler
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PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Hammel
4Jake Junis
5Nate Karns
6Sam Gaviglio
7Eric Skoglund
8Wily Peralta
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Brandon Maurer
4Ryan Buchter
5Scott Alexander
6Kevin McCarthy
7Brian Flynn
8Miguel Almonte
9Andres Machado
10Eric Stout
11Timothy Hill