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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Heyman: Eric Hosmer and the Royals’ closing World Series window

Guess who Hosmer’s agent is?

Hosmer, absolutely loved by Royals higher-ups as a clutch leader and a very fine two-way player who has put up nice-though-not-crazy offensive numbers in a pitchers’ park but who may just be scratching the surface offensively, has two years to go before free agency. Consistent power is the only thing Hosmer hasn’t shown in spades, and there are signs this year; earlier, he hit two opposite-field homers off A.L. All-Star starter Chris Sale. Hosmer’s camp isn’t tipping their hand, but Royals brass, which stepped up with a $70-milllion deal for free agent pitcher Ian Kennedy and $72 million for another core star Alex Gordon, seems to have an idea Hosmer could be seeking $20-million plus per year on a 10-year deal.

Hosmer’s agent Scott Boras didn’t get into exact figures but did say, “The premium associated with 27-year-olds are very different than metrics associated with 32-year-olds, especially when it’s a widely known Gold Glove franchise-type player who also has the ability to perform at extremely high levels in big situations and on big stages. You’d have everything you’d want in a free agent Eric Hosmer.”

If Brandon Belt’s $75-million, five-year deal seemed at some point like a comp for Hosmer, even Royals people acknowledge that Hosmer has a significant edge on defense (no matter what the range number says this year) and gets bonus points for his dynamic clubhouse role, too. Hosmer is also only 26, and one rival GM brought up Jason Heyward as a comp, suggesting K.C.’s fears may be well founded, considering he got a $184-million deal. Another person mentioned that Jacoby Ellsbury got nearly $20 million a year in a prior market. These don’t seem like Kansas City numbers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2016 at 05:10 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, jon heyman, scott boras

Monday, May 09, 2016

ESPN: Sources: Stephen Strasburg, Nats agree to 7-year, $175M extension

Strasburg will receive a rolling opt-out clause after the third or fourth year of the contract and could receive $7 million in performance bonuses, sources said. He also will receive an additional $1 million bonus each season he reaches 180 innings pitched, according to sources. [...] The new deal’s total dollars match the 2013-19 contract of the Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez for the sixth-highest among big league pitchers.

David Price’s deal with the Boston Red Sox that started this season is worth a record $217 million over seven years. Another of the few deals for a pitcher that tops Strasburg’s is the one his Nationals teammate Max Scherzer received as a free agent before last season, paying $210 million, although half of that is deferred money.

bobm Posted: May 09, 2016 at 10:47 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: scott boras, stephen strasburg

Friday, March 04, 2016

Kris Bryant, Cubs agree to $652,000 contract

The Chicago Cubs and third baseman Kris Bryant, the 2015 National League Rookie of the Year, agreed to a one-year, $652,000 contract.

Bryant will receive a raise of more than $145,000 - a substantial amount considering he has less than one full year of major league service time. Bryant also will receive $111,000 more than Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole, who will earn $541,000 despite more than two years of service time.

This almost most likely doesn’t help the Cubs sign him in 6 years, or to an extension before then, but it’s definitely a gesture, with relative chump change, that surely helps the relationship even if last year’s promotegate was overblown.


 

 

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