There is an expectation Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer could be a target for the Boston Red Sox, who are expected to look to upgrade their offense after it diminished in the year after Big Papi.
Hosmer would seem to be a very good fit for the Red Sox, who are losing Mitch Moreland to free agency. Hosmer might work nicely at Fenway Park, where his production could be expected to improve after spending his whole career at pitching-friendly Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski might have an extra appreciation for Hosmer, too, after watching him up close in the AL Central for several years, before Dombrowski moved from the Tigers to the Red Sox.
Hosmer, who just turned 28, put forth a career-year in his walk season, posting full-season career-highs in all three batting slash categories with a .318/.385/.498 line to go with 25 home runs (tying a career-best he set the season prior) and 94 runs batted in. The durable first baseman (he’s missed just eight games total over the last three seasons and played all 162 in 2017) is a one-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, taking home three straight from 2013-15, before losing out to, ironically enough, Moreland last season (when he was a member of the Rangers).
While Moreland played about as well as anyone could have hoped in his likely lone season in Boston, hitting .246 with a .769 OPS, Hosmer would almost certainly represent an offensive upgrade for a team that struggled to plate runs at times last season.
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