The Kansas City Royals aren’t giving up on all of their free agents just yet. Reports indicate that first baseman Eric Hosmer has a 7-year/$147 million offer from KC on the table. Meanwhile, the San Diego Padres have supposedly put forth a 7-year offer of their own. No team appears to be as committed in their pursuit of Hosmer than the Padres.
However, there’s no reason for the first baseman to rush into anything just yet. Right now, we don’t know the markets for any of the remaining big names. Jake Arrieta remains in limbo; MLB clubs are richer than ever but just as unwilling to spend. But what does this particular first baseman bring to the table?
Hosmer, 28, is a former third overall pick. He’s also coming off of the best season of his career, slashing .318/.385/.498 (.882 OPS) with 31 doubles and 25 home runs. According toA�Fangraphs andA�Baseball Prospectus, 2017 would prove to be his most valuable season. First there’s the 4.1 fWAR (FG)a��itA�was -0.1 just a season agoa��which is consistent with his 3.6 WARP (BP). It was only 0.6 just a season ago.
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Now Hosmer won’t wow you defensively, but he’s not going to hurt you too much either. The seven-year veteran is also quite durable, appearing in 150 games or more five times in seven years. Still, the biggest issue plaguing Hosmer is consistency. He’s alternated good and bad years ever since 2012. But that doesn’t look like it’s going to deter teams from making a splash.
It just might be a while before we get one.