The MLB 2017 offseason is in full swing as the Winter Meetings in Orlando come to a close with a week full of big trades like Stanton to the Yankees, Ozuna to the Cardinals, and Kinsler to the Angels. It’s easy to forget though that the top free agents are still yet to be signed.
Eric Hosmer, former 1st baseman for the Kansas City Royals, is coming off of a career-best season. Hosmer had a stat line of .318 BA, 25 HRs, 94 RBIs, .882 OPS while winning a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove. It should be noted that Hosmer had that impressive stat line while playing all 162 games last year.
At the age of 28, Hosmer is approaching his prime; this is a type of talent any team would love to have. But what teams are interested this offseason?
Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox seem to be interested in Eric Hosmer according to the Boston Herald. The Red Sox had an abysmal season when it comes to home runs, and Eric Hosmer can provide that pop with 25 home runs and 94 RBIs last year.
San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres are a surprising yet intriguing landing spot for Eric Hosmer. The Padres have said that they want Hosmer to be a veteran leader for Padres as they rebuild. Current first baseman Wil Myers would most likely have to move back to right field where he played in Tampa Bay.
These two veteran bats around a lot of young talent could help the Padres turn it around a bit faster. Plus who wouldn’t want to live in beautiful San Diego, California?
Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals want to keep Eric Hosmer but also rebuild their franchise at the same time. The Royals are looking to trade away pitchers Danny Duffy and Kelvin Herrera in return for prospects yet sign Hosmer to a long-term deal. Similar to the Padres, the Royals want to rebuild around Hosmer. But if Hosmer wants to win now, KC may not be the best choice. The Padres also have far superior top prospects that will make impacts much sooner.
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Kevin Hurley is a sophomore journalism student at Paradise Valley Community College writing MLB articles for The Sunrise Sports.