CHANDLER, Ariz – Here are several reasons why Eric Hosmer with worth 100 million. First, Hosmer is 28 years old. He will play all of the 2018 regular season at 28 years old. This makes him young and in his prime years as a free agent. A six-year contract would run through his age-33 season. So, a favorable aspect of signing Hosmer as any team wouldn’t have to worry as much about paying for the decline phase of his career as we have seen so many times in big free agent contracts given.
Second, Hosmer proved to be a leader on the field and in the clubhouse. His production on the field was tops in the major leagues at his position. Hosmer won the Silver Slugger Award in 2017 as he had one of his best seasons at the plate and that’s a boost as he heads into free agency.
Third, Hosmer has hit 25 home runs in each of the past two seasons. He hit .318 in 2017 and achieved two career milestones of 1,000 career hits and 500 RBI. Hosmer has hit double digits in home runs in six of seven seasons.
Fourth, is the durability shown in the first seven seasons. Hosmer has had four of seven seasons with over 600 plate appearances, the lowest was 547 in 2014. Also, something to consider is in four seasons, Hosmer has played in 152 games or more. For a middle-of-the-order player and anchor at first base, his value is shown.
Fifth, Hosmer is a two-way player. Starting with his rookie campaign in 2011, where he finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting, Hosmer has not disappointed earning Gold Glove honors in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017. He was elected to the All-Star game in 2016 and 2017, coming off his best two seasons offensively in his career.
The Royals would like Hosmer back, but they face a tough task. They did offer him the 17.4 qualifying offer, and it was declined by Hosmer, as he stands to command much more on the open market. Hosmer to Boston is something I have noted on several occasions. First, the RedSox have the opening with Mitch Moreland becoming a free agent. Second, Boston has the budget to take on the contract demands of Hosmer. Third, critics can say that Hosmer and Moreland are similar players, but I strongly disagree, and so do the stats. Moreland has an eight-year career with 132 home runs, 433 RBI and a career average of .252, while Hosmer has a seven-year career with 127 home runs and 566 RBI and a career average of .284. The numbers speak for themselves here. Take the intangibles Hosmer has shown through his career, and it becomes evident that both players are indeed different.
With Hosmer’s 2017 performance, a six-year at $120 million ($20 million per year) is more than reasonable for a player that is still on the rise and has a lot to contribute to any team he should choose to sign with.