A quiet ride through free agency for first baseman Eric Hosmer ended on Wednesday when he was offered a franchise-record contract by the Kansas City Royals.
According to USA Today, Hosmer's representatives received a seven-year, $147 million offer from the Royals, the only team Hosmer has played for in his career. He debuted for Kansas City in 2011.
The Royals are competing with the San Diego Padres, per the report, and might have to add a year or two to the deal to secure the left-handed bat.
Hosmer also has a seven-year, $140 million offer from the Padres, according to the report.
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.
After a slow start last season, Hosmer, 28, had a career year. He hit .318 with 25 homers and 94 RBIs with a career-best .385 on-base percentage.
Since the end of the 2017 postseason, no free agent has topped the three-year, $60 million contract the Philadelphia Phillies gave designated hitter Carlos Santana in December.
--Field Level Media