Since being called up last week, 21 year old Eric Hosmer has been incredible. Over 22 plate appearances, the top prospect has gotten on base nine times, hit a home run and stolen a base. He also managed something that Jose Bautista didn’t throughout all of his 54 home run season last year. Hosmer was intentionally walked in his second Major League game by Brandon McCarthy of the Oakland Athletics.
While it’s still incredibly early into Hosmer’s career, questions about whether or not the youngster should remain with the team for the rest of the year have begun to fade. They’ve been replaced by questions as to whether or not the Kansas City Royals should consider locking Hosmer up right now, sort of like how the Tampa Bay Rays managed to sign Evan Longoria to an extension ridiculously early into his career.
Of course, there’s one problem with all of this. Hosmer’s agent is Scott Boras, so as much as the Royals may want to keep Hosmer in Kansas City long term while keeping their cost certainty relatively low, Boras is unlikely to settle for anything nearly as team friendly as the Longoria deal.
Even without Boras running negotiations, it’s not certain that the Royals would want to take a risk signing Hosmer already.
Indications are that the Royals would prefer to wait. They didn’t sign Greinke or Butler until the last offseason they thought possible, but Hosmer is different. Greinke comes with well-chronicled baggage that had some wondering about his extension, and Butler, while a remarkably advanced hitter, is a one-dimensional player best suited for DH.
The Longoria deal worked out so well for the Rays that it’s easy to get excited about signing prospects to a contract earlier than necessary. And while every indication is that Hosmer’s talent is for real, the Royals would do well to remember that they still have him under their control for six more years with or without a long term deal. No one is certain what the next collective bargaining agreement will bring either. It may be in their best interest to hold off on talks that Hosmer’s agent would be, at best, reluctant to engage in, until a new CBA gets agreed to this winter.
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