Sport Eric Hosmer offered seven-year, $147 million deal to return to Royals

20:39  03 january  2018
20:39  03 january  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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Eric Hosmer offered seven - year , $ 147 million deal to return to Royals . Eric Hosmer , strongly coveted all winter by the San Diego Padres, now has another surprising small-market team going head-to-head for his services.

Hosmer is seeking at least an eight-year or nine-year deal to a seven - year , 3 million four years ago, and the Baltimore Orioles signed Chris Davis to a seven - year , 1 million contract in January The Royals and Padres also are placing great value on Hosmer ’s leadership skills and his value in

Eric Hosmer holding a baseball bat: Eric Hosmer hit .318 with 25 homers and 94 RBI last season, and has hit at least 25 homers with 90 or more RBI the past two years.© Peter Aiken, USA TODAY Sports Eric Hosmer hit .318 with 25 homers and 94 RBI last season, and has hit at least 25 homers with 90 or more RBI the past two years.

Eric Hosmer, coveted all winter by the San Diego Padres, now has another surprising small-market team going head-to-head for his services.

Yes, his old team.

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.

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The San Diego Padres and Royals have only offered seven - year deals . If the Royals wanted they could try to keep the original offer to Hosmer , a seven - year , $ 147 million contract, but put an opt-out clause for him after year two or three.

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.

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The length of the proposals were confirmed by high-ranking members of the Padres and Royals, but they declined to divulge the total guarantee, or whether opt-out provisions or buyouts are in the offers.

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.

Jason Heyward received an eight-year, $184 million contract two years ago from the Chicago Cubs, and the New York Yankees signed outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153 million four years ago, and the Baltimore Orioles signed Chris Davis to a seven-year, $161 million contract in January 2016.

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Eric Hosmer Offered Sevenyear 147 Million Deal To Return To Royals Eric Hosmer Strongly Coveted All Winter By The San Diego Padres Now Has Another.

Eric Hosmer offered seven - year , $ 147 million deal to return to Royals . Eric Hosmer , strongly coveted all winter by the San Diego Padres, now has another surprising small-market team going head-to-head for his services.

Hosmer, 28, is coming off a career year. He hit .318 with 25 homers and 94 RBI with a career-best .385 on-base percentage, and has hit at least 25 homers with 90 or more RBI the past two years.

The Royals and Padres also are placing great value on Hosmer’s leadership skills and his value in the community. He became their most popular player among the fan base as the Royals won consecutive AL pennants in 2014-15 and, in 2015, their first World Series title since 1985.

No free agent has yet received more than Carlos Santana’s three-year, $60 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s quite possible Hosmer may wind up the highest-paid player this entire winter.

Who would ever have imagined his old team could be the ones willing to pay the most?

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