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Eric Hosmer will get you to 'Playoffville,' agent Scott Boras says

Rustin Dodd, The Kansas City Star on

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Agent Scott Boras laid out a case for Eric Hosmer on Wednesday, describing the free-agent first baseman as an elite talent that can help a team reach "Playoffville," the place where all franchises aspire to live.

In a lengthy session with reporters at the general managers' meetings at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Boras dwelled upon the "Playoffville" theme, stating that teams should welcome paying higher "property taxes" if they wish to live among baseball's upper crust. He said Hosmer, a 28-year-old who helped the Royals to a World Series championship in 2015, profiled as "Playoffville Federal Express."

"For any franchise," Boras said, "whether you're a 'now' team, you're a 'two-year' team, or you're a 'three-year' team as far as when you hope to arrive to Playoffville, he's been 'Playoffville Federal Express.' He can be overnight delivery -- one-day, two-day, whatever. He fits every franchise."

Hosmer is a free agent for the first time after posting the best season of his career in 2017, his seventh in Kansas City. In 162 games, he batted a career-high .318 with a .385 on-base percentage and 25 homers. In the last month, he was awarded both a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award, voted as the top offensive and defensive first baseman in the American League by a collection of managers and coaches.

The market for Hosmer, however, remains somewhat intriguing; in part because of an inconsistent offensive track record, in part because a large percentage of big-market teams -- including the Cubs, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Braves and Phillies -- already have solutions at first base.

When asked about Hosmer's market on Wednesday, Boras predictably pushed back against that narrative. The Royals are expected to be among the teams that pursue the first baseman this offseason.

 

"Eric Hosmer has a very dynamic market," said Boras, who also represents third baseman Mike Moustakas. "When a guy has just finished his 27-year-old season, and you've won a Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, you have a (World Series) ring on your finger, you've been to the World Series twice, you led the WBC (team) to the championship, you're the All-Star MVP -- who in their right mind does that at 27 years of age?"

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