Let us begin at first base. Eric Hosmer has stated that he is interested in signing a long term extension with the Kansas City Royals, especially if the core is retained, since he feels that it would be the best place for him to win titles. Well, with Perez being locked up, the Royals are starting to do their part.
Pros: Hosmer has the type of offensive profile that fits well with the Royals, hitting the ball in gaps and making a solid amount of contact. Even if he is not a thirty home run hitting first baseman, there is still plenty of room for growth in his offensive profile, which may have begun last season. Add in his stellar glove at first base, and Hosmer is a key part of the Royals philosophy.
Cons: Right now, Hosmer is slated to become a free agent at 28 years old. As a lefty with projectable power should he leave Kauffman Stadium, other teams, like the Yankees, may end up outspending the Royals for his services. As it is, Hosmer’s potential salary may be more than would make sense for the Royals to spend on someone who compares more to a Keith Hernandez or John Olerud type of player.
Verdict: Hosmer may be the most difficult player for the Royals to sign to an extension. With his age, defensive pedigree and offensive potential, Hosmer could be priced out of the Royals budget. The case for Hosmer remaining in Kansas City may well depend on whether or not the Royals can retain other key members of the roster.
Next: Can the breakout be sustained?