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Royals, Eric Hosmer haven’t discussed long-term deal

Nov 5, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

From beat writer Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star

That’s a pretty mature — and certainly team-first — attitude from the 24-year-old first baseman.

Hosmer qualified for Super Two status with his 2.146 years of service time, so he’ll be eligible for salary arbitration this winter and for the next three winters to come. The former No. 3 overall pick hit .302/.353/.448 with 17 home runs and 79 RBI in 159 games this year and .323/.379/.473 after the All-Star break.

Be on the lookout for a true breakout season from the prized Scott Boras client in 2014.

  1. cadillacjosh - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    As a Boras client, if Hosmer continues this season, he will price himself right out of KC.

  2. kcrobert10 - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Baseball needs to fix its financial parity. Look in the nfl small market teams are more than capable of resigning there high priced talents. Baseball should find was to make this happen to so that fans can enjoy there stars for more than 5 to 6 yrs.

    • jwbiii - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      Really? Look at the Chiefs. During their entire history, they’ve had two starting QBs for more than six seasons. Are you pining for the Bill Kenney Era (7 seasons)? Len Dawson (12, counting one in Dallas), sure, but you have to be over 50. They’ve never had a #1 RB for even five seasons.

      • tedwmoore - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:53 PM

        Football seasons are a bit different than MLB seasons. How many running backs have 5+ year careers? How many QBs? At least as starters. Those lists are small compared to MLB players who could remain productive for 6+ seasons.

      • kcrobert10 - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:01 AM

        So the chiefs haven’t had a great qb since Dawson. My point is they were able to sign and resign great players like Tony Gonzales, dt, now Jamal Charles, Bowe, dj, and so on. This is something the royals have never been able to do. Part of it is the owner but the other part is the way baseball is. It would be better for baseball if teams like the royals could keep there players just like teams in the nfl do.

      • stex52 - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        But baseball has never been that way. The trade is part of the game. Think of that great Boston star of the 1920’s, Babe Ruth.

    • Reflex - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Baseball compensates for this with an extensive player development system and locking every signed player into their team through the first six seasons, which is longer than the average NFL career.

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