Hosmer, Royals avoid arbitration with 2-year deal
First baseman's contract worth $13.9 million, according to source
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Less than 24 hours before he was scheduled to go to an arbitration hearing with the Royals, first baseman Eric Hosmer agreed to a two-year deal, the club confirmed Wednesday.
A source told MLB.com that the deal is worth $13.9 million -- Hosmer will get $5.65 million this season and $8.25 million next year. Hosmer will have another year of arbitration eligibility after that.
Hosmer will get a $50,000 bonus for making the All-Star Game and another $50,000 for winning a Gold Glove Award. He also will get $100,000 if he is the American League Most Valuable Player.
Hosmer, who made $3.6 million last season, hit .270 with nine homers and 58 RBIs. He had a sensational postseason, hitting .351 with a .983 OPS and 12 RBIs.
Hosmer filed for $6.7 million, while the Royals countered at $4.6 million.
Just hours before Wednesday's agreement, Hosmer left the Royals' clubhouse at their spring complex, seemingly headed for the airport and on to Florida where the hearing was scheduled. At that point, Hosmer didn't seem confident that a deal was going to get done.
"Hopefully we can get it resolved before the hearing," Hosmer said. "But there really hasn't been a lot of contact back and forth."
Hosmer could not be reached for comment late Wednesday afternoon.
Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore continued his streak of never having let a Royals player go to arbitration since he became the GM in 2006.
"[Hosmer] is a very integral part of our team," Moore said. "He can impact the team in a lot of ways, whether it's at the plate or at first base defensively or running the bases. He can hit with power, he can hit the other way -- there's just a lot of talent in his game.
"And he plays with a huge heart. He's just very important to us."