Eric Hosmer reportedly offered seven-year deal to stay with Royals

Eric Hosmer

According to a report from USA Today, the Kansas City Royals have offered their free agent first baseman a franchise-record seven-year deal worth $147 million. Hosmer is apparently looking for an eight or nine-year contract, but it does not appear any clubs are offering such a deal at this point. That offer would top another offer reportedly before Hosmer, a seven-year, $140 million deal from the San Diego Padres.

The Red Sox signed first baseman Mitch Moreland to a two-year contract last month and other suitors, outside of the Padres, have failed to materialize.

Eric Hosmer's free agency, like everyone else's this winter, is never ending. Still, the biggest issue plaguing Hosmer is consistency.

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The determining factor for Hosmer could come down his love for Kansas City Barbeque or if he prefers the stellar Baja fish tacos that only San Diego provides. Hosmer has also been known as a great clubhouse player as well, which why the potential move to re-sign him is so intriguing. Maybe! The Royals and Padres sure seem willing to do so.

Hosmer, who turned only 28 in October, is a divisive player seen in different lights by baseball people and the stat community. Another bonus: The club, along with every team in Major League Baseball, is reportedly set to receive a cash payment of $50 million or more after the league sold a controlling stake in its technology arm - BAMTech - to Disney previous year. By re-signing with the only team he has played for, Hosmer could have a shot at being one of the best Royals in the franchise's history.

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