According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer has seven-year contract offers in hand from the Kansas City Royals, his former club, and the San Diego Padres, the team most connected to him this winter.
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 also has a seven-year, $140 million offer from the Padres, people close to Hosmer say, which is $1 million less a year than the Royals’ deal.
Hosmer is seeking at least an eight-year or nine-year deal, but it’s unknown whether either team will increase their offer to meet Hosmer’s request.
The seven-year contract offers are on par with the deals signed by Jacoby Ellsbury (seven years, $153 million) and Chris Davis (seven years, $161 million) in recent years.
That said, will a team bet seven years and $20-plus million per season on Hosmer hitting more fly balls? The questions now are whether any other teams will get involved, and whether agent Scott Boras can leverage the two offers against each other to get Hosmer an eighth guaranteed year.