In his first week of baseball at the Major League level, Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer has lived up the hype and then some.
The top prospect homered for the second time in as many days Thursday, helping the Royals take two of three from the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium.
Hosmer is now hitting .333 with a 1.158 OPS in his six games with the club, which led Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger to suggest that Royals should try to ink him to an extension just like the Tampa Bay Rays did in 2008 after calling up Evan Longoria.
Longoria’s deal guaranteed him $17.5 million over six years and with options could be worth more than $44 million over nine seasons.
But Longoria doesn’t have super agent Scott Boras; Hosmer does. And Boras told Yahoo that Hosmer’s value will be much greater in the future.
“Athletes have to know that you have to look at the market you’re in,” Boras said. “You can’t look at the markets of the past. For players like Hosmer, as you go back and look, as [Mark] Teixeira had his own market and [Prince] Fielder had his own market, Hosmer will have his own. And something tells me it’s going to be a rather eventful one.”
In other words, Hosmer will wait until MLB gets a bigger television deal, so that more teams have more money to bid for Hosmer’s services.
Now Hosmer won’t be eligible for free agency until 2017. And I do believe Kansas City will increase its payroll as many of its top prospects now get closer to free agency.But if Hosmer is as good as he looks so far, I highly doubt the Royals will be able to afford him, as he’ll likely ask for $20 million a season.
But that’s for another day. The Royals are currently 20-17 with one of the best rookies in the MLB with a few more top prospects on the way. Enjoy it now Kansas City and for the next six years. Because after that, like Johnny Damon, Jermaine Dye and Carlos Beltran before him, Hosmer will likely leave for greener (read: money) pastures.
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Written by Ryan Riordan