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Heyman | Royals will make serious effort to keep Eric Hosmer

Jon Heyman



KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 17: Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) before an AL Central game between the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals on July 17, 2017 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)
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The Kansas City Royals love Eric Hosmer, and all signs suggest they will try to keep him even if it won’t be easy.

Word is, they are willing to make a serious offer (presumably $100 million plus) to Hosmer, though they expect some big-market competition, perhaps from the Boston Red Sox, possibly the New York Yankees, or others.  The Royals can’t be sure they can outbid interested big-market teams, but they put a high value on Hosmer.

(An aside: It’s funny to think when baseball analyst predicted a one-year deal for Hosmer back in spring training).

The real question is what they will do if they can’t get Hosmer, and they are deciding how strongly to pursue Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and their other free agents when the reality is that they might be in for a couple-year rebuild.

Hosmer set a new career high for hits this season, and now has 189 with four games still to play. He’s hitting .319 with 24 home runs and 92 RBI in 593 at-bats this season. The Royals (78-80) made a charge after a very slow start to the season, but will miss the playoffs for the second consecutive season after back-to-back World Series appearances, winning it all in 2015.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.