Report: Royals only offered Eric Hosmer five-year deal
The Kansas City Royals wanted Eric Hosmer back, but it’s quite clear why he ended up leaving the organization.
According to Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, the Royals’ front office was serious about bringing Hosmer back, but ownership was less so. Subsequently, the team’s offer to Hosmer was for five years and around $100 million.
It’s easy to see why this didn’t get it done, particularly with the San Diego Padres willing to guarantee Hosmer eight years for more money.
Hosmer reportedly had very specific demands about his contract length from his new team. The Padres ended up fulfilling them, but it doesn’t sound like the Royals came particularly close. That probably sealed their fate, no matter how much warmth Hosmer felt toward the organization.