Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer tells MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan that he’s open to discussing a long-term contract with the club. As things stand, Hosmer is in line to reach free agency after the 2017 campaign, following one final season of arbitration eligibility.
While there’s been some speculation about Hosmer’s desire to play in a larger market, the first baseman himself tells Flanagan that such talk is merely “outside perspective” and isn’t indicative of his actual feelings.
“I don’t play this game to be in commercials for hair products,” said Hosmer. “I’m playing to try to win championships. Sure you want to give yourself the best opportunity in terms of financially, but at the same time, you want to give yourself the best chance to get to the playoffs. If this group stays together, the best opportunity is right here.”
From the team’s perspective, GM Dayton Moore tells Flanagan that he expects to sign as many of the club’s core members to long-term extensions as possible. Unsurprisingly, he remained vague beyond that level of commitment.
It certainly appears that both sides are willing to hear one another out, and Hosmer called staying with one club for his entire career the type of situation players dream about. Of course, he’s also represented by Scott Boras, whose clients typically explore the free agent market rather than signing extensions that buy out free-agent years (albeit with some notable exceptions).