Royals Rumors: "Slight Hope" Hosmer Returns Admist Offseason Full Of Departures

The Kansas City Royals knew that they would likely lose several of their key players to high-priced contracts elsewhere in free agency, but there is a chance they keep one of the faces of the franchise.

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Kansas City has some "slight hope" that they'll be able to re-sign star first baseman Eric Hosmer.

The Royals haven’t fully acknowledged it, but this is a rebuild. The chances are great they lose Moustakas, Hosmer, and Lorenzo Cain, though there’s some slight hope about Hosmer returning. There’s also talk around the league that they’ll listen on veteran relievers Joakim Soria and Kelvin Herrera. This will be a young roster anchored by catcher Salvador Perez.

The Royals received several offers for Hosmer leading up to the trade deadline this past season - the New York Yankees were the team most linked to him - but Kansas City opted not to trade him as they tried to make an unsuccessful playoff push.

A number of other teams have expressed some interest in signing Hosmer this offseason, including the Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and San Diego Padres.

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Hosmer hit .318 yards with 25 home runs and 94 RBIs this past season.

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