Sep 17, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) drives in a run with a double in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

No Reason to Trade Eric Hosmer

Sep 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals first basemen Eric Hosmer (35) fields a ground ball against the Texas Rangers during the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Lately, it seems as though trade rumors have been swirling around Eric Hosmer. This may be, in part, because of the Royals have yet to approach Hosmer about a contract extension, which Hosmer seems unconcerned about. Yet, since Scott Boras, also known as ‘He Who Hates Extensions’, is his agent, it is thought that such talks simply will not happen. So, why not trade Hosmer now, and try to maximize the return?

Such an idea is complete insanity. While neither side has begun the process of discussing an extension, Hosmer is not going to be a free agent until 2018, giving the Royals plenty of time to work something out. There is no reason to rush right now.

Hosmer also was one of, if not the best, hitter on the Royals last season. With Kansas City struggling to score runs and finishing eleventh in the American League in OPS, the last thing that the Royals need to do is trade one of their better bats. At age 23, Hosmer finished with seventeen home runs, leading the team in OPS, batting average and slugging while chipping in eleven stolen bases and playing Gold Glove defense. And Hosmer did all this at age 23.

Following a rough stretch at the start of 2013, Eric Hosmer turned his season around in the middle of May, and may be on the verge of breaking out. Although Hosmer may not be a typical first baseman, hitting thirty home runs and striking fear into the hearts of the opposition due to his power potential, he still could be someone that hits around 25 home runs with a batting average over .300. Production like that would certainly be good enough for the middle of the lineup.

There is also still time for Hosmer to develop more of a power stroke. However, even if he does not, Hosmer is still a valuable piece for the Royals. At age 24 heading into 2014, and under team control for the next four seasons, it just does not make sense to look at moving Hosmer at this point in time.

In another couple of years, if Eric Hosmer and the Royals have yet to discuss an extension or find themselves far apart in what it would take to keep him in Kansas City, then this topic may be revisited. However, at this point, there is no reason to trade the player that was the Royals top hitter in 2013.

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  • jimfetterolf

    Seems the best plan is to trade expensive guys with two years left if they won’t extend, that maximizes value for the team. If the Royals don’t sign another biggish FA they should make a push to extend Hoz, Duffy, and Shields. If Shields won’t bite, trade him now, if Hoz is unextended after two years, then trade him. That’s what Tampa do and I like their business model. I’ld actually trade Gordon now for a boatload of prospects.

    The Hosmer trade speculation started with the idea that the Royals should have traded Hosmer for Kinsler. Texas would certainly have done cartwheels over that.

    • Dave Hill

      I expect that a Shields extension will happen before Spring Training. He seems to want to stay in KC, and I think it would behoove the Royals to keep a veteran presence like Shields around to help groom the young starters that will be coming up. I’d wait until Duffy can make it through a season relatively healthy, then make him an offer, so that may be before the start of 2015. With Hosmer, I’m with you – see if he’d be agreeable to an extension and if not, explore his trade market in 2016 when he has two years left before free agency.

      • flan50

        Not totally against extending Shields, but I’m afraid Dayton may get carried away. No way I would go beyond 3 years at this point in his career. Shields has a lot of inning mileage and there were several trends that make me wary he will age well. Glass puts the Royals in no position for luxury signings and a 4-5 year albatross could be very detrimental.

    • flan50

      Heck, Texas would have broken out the champagne, or whatever they substitute for it down there. Trading Hosmer is just short of crazy unless some GM is willing to grossly overpay. Ride the Hoss!