Bob Nightengale, who yesterday reported that the San Diego Padres have made a seven-year contract offer to free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, today reports that Hosmer’s old team, the Royals, have made him an offer too. It’s also seven years and it’s for $147 million.
Nightengale says that the Royals offer is for $1 million more per year than the Padres offer, which Nightengale now says is worth $140 million. The specifics — including any opt-outs or bonuses or the overall structure of the deals — are not known. Such things can, of course, make two deals which are close in overall value like these quite different in overall value.
That aside, given that the Royals seem to have topped the Padres offer by around $1 million, one gets the sense that Hosmer got the Padres offer in hand and shopped it to the Royals to see if they’d beat it. Nightengale says Hosmer wants an eight or nine year deal, but it seems unlikely that any team would do that sort of thing, even for a guy like Hosmer who is not yet 30.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.