Kansas City Royals: Three Bold Offseason Predictions
By Cody Leonard
1.) Royals Re-Sign Eric Hosmer
This should almost be a no-brainer goal for the Kansas City Royals. Eric Hosmer has become the face of this franchise. He is coming off the best year of his career, during which he hit .318/.385/.498 with 25 home runs. He will be in the midst of his prime next season at 28 years old. A leader both on and off the field, Hosmer offers so much more to Kansas City than to any other team who may want him.
What’s more, the presumed bidding war that the team will have to enter into with the Yankees and Red Sox may never materialize. With New York looking to get under the luxury tax, the Yankees will likely stand pat and let Greg Bird man first base in 2018.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox should be in the bidding for Giancarlo Stanton this offseason. Dave Dombrowski loves nothing more than trading away prospects. If he gets that trade done, it is unlikely that Boston would have much money left to spend after taking on what’s left of Stanton’s massive contract.
With the two AL East behemoths out of the picture, Hosmer will be Kansas City’s for the taking. Moore will make the right move and sign Hoz to the largest contract in Royals history. He will return to the team next year with some of his best years in front of him. His steady glove work at first base will take much of the pressure off his new young infield teammates.
In the end, Hosmer will serve the role Alex Gordon recently held as a steady veteran presence leading the next great Royals team through the playoffs.