Kansas City Royals Absolutely Have the Money to Sign Eric Hosmer

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Eric Hosmer
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Eric Hosmer /
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Should the Kansas City Royals Re-Sign Hosmer?

OK, hopefully, you’re sold on the fact that the Royals CAN sign Hosmer. You should be. The question now lies in this: “SHOULD the Royals sign Hosmer?”

You could debate this for a long time. I’m going to argue “hell yes.” Hosmer has been almost undeniably the Royals’ best offensive player this season. He also plays the only position that the Royals aren’t ready to adequately fill in-house.

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The Royals could put a number of different players in center field next year and be relatively adequate. Bubba Starling, Burns, Gordon and Orlando could all play center field without costing the Kansas City Royals an extra dime.

Hunter Dozier and Cheslor Cuthbert can man third base without costing the Royals $75 million.

Ryan O’Hearn, Frank Schwindel and Brandon Moss are not going to save the Royals at first base. Those are all terrible options for a full-time big league job on Opening Day in 2018.

Could the Kansas City Royals save some money and add a guy like Carlos Santana or Logan Morrison? Sure, but what’s the point? The Royals have a budding star in Hosmer who set career highs in almost every single statistic this season at the plate.

He seems to be getting better and better, and he still has room for improvement.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If Hosmer can make one to two minor adjustments to elevate the ball a little more, he can hit 40 home runs in Kauffman Stadium. His power to all fields is one of the more impressive things I’ve seen from a left-handed hitter, and he is hitting well over .300 to boot.

The Kansas City Royals have a tough decision to make this offseason. It’s not a decision I would want to have to make, though, I think it ought to be a fairly clear one. Unless the Yankees or Red Sox want to throw something ridiculous like $25 million/year at Hosmer, the Royals NEED to retain him.

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Eric Hosmer is the face of this franchise. He’s the heart and soul of the team, and he’s also their best hitter. No one else can offer Hosmer what Kansas City can either. That includes a statue out behind center field that would cement his legacy as one of the best players to ever don a Royals uniform.