The Padres' offer is for $140 million, so Hosmer has to decide between a few things: location, familiarity, a slight difference in pay, chance to play on a victor again, and so on. The fact that Hosmer is still just 28-years old is also intriguing.More news: Instagram now lets you send its Snapchat-inspired 'Stories' directly to WhatsApp
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The calendar has flipped to 2018 and it appears the market for baseball's top free agents is finally starting to heat up.
The Boston Red Sox opened the offseason with conversations with Hosmer's representatives but opted to re-sign Mitch Moreland instead of entering the Hosmer bidding. Still, the biggest issue plaguing Hosmer is consistency. That last part brings to light some questions about the Royals' intent here: They've spent more the last few years than they used to, but not without letting everyone in the world know that they're at their limits. And Hosmer, of course, remains a somewhat contentious free agent, his value on paper and according to advanced metrics not quite matching his perceived value in the marketplace.
In some ways, the Royals' pursuit of Hosmer comes at a peculiar time. Baseball pundits see him as a franchise player due to the leadership qualities he possesses, his all-around fine play and athleticism. For a team that has the chemistry of the Royals, that is not something that should be underestimated.