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Hosmer: Two-year deal a no-brainer

First baseman eligible for arbitration again in '16
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- First baseman Eric Hosmer was minutes away on Wednesday from heading to Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix and then on to Florida for a scheduled arbitration hearing on Thursday.

Then Hosmer's phone rang. It was his agent, Scott Boras, to let him know the Royals had offered to settle with a two-year deal worth $13.9 million.

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- First baseman Eric Hosmer was minutes away on Wednesday from heading to Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix and then on to Florida for a scheduled arbitration hearing on Thursday.

Then Hosmer's phone rang. It was his agent, Scott Boras, to let him know the Royals had offered to settle with a two-year deal worth $13.9 million.

A smile came over Hosmer's face.

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"It was a no-brainer to take [the deal]," Hosmer said. "It's great knowing we don't have to go through [the arbitration process] again next year."

Hosmer admitted he was fretting somewhat about possibly having to sit through an arbitration hearing.

"You don't want to have to sit there and have bad things said about you," Hosmer said, smiling.

That won't be the case now as Hosmer is locked in for two years. He'll be eligible again for arbitration in 2016.

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"I'm just glad it's all over for now," he said. "It was kind of a weird feeling because I was the only guy left unsigned, so I was hoping something would get done."

Hosmer said he had no idea a multi-year deal was even on the table.

"No clue," he said. "That came out of left field. But I'm happy about it."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jflanagankc.

 

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