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.